ArabicEnglish is the spoken language of the business world. Arabic is an advantage rather than a pre-requisite.
What is the working week in the Middle East?
Generally the working week is Sunday to Thursday, although some businesses follow the Western week of Monday to Friday.
How easy is to re-locate to the Middle East?
5 factors to consider before relocating to the Middle East...
Can you afford to move?
Have you researched the cost of living in the Middle East ? what will the local cost of living be ?
Have you looked at the background of the company that is looking to make you an offer ? and the stability of its remote office in the Middle East ?
Who else would need to re-locate with you ? what is their status ?
Is tele-commuting/working remotely a possibility with the company for the first 3-6 months ?
If you are interested in learning more or would like a consultation then please contact us directly to discuss a potential move.
What are the benefits of working in the Middle East?
The Middle East region, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the seven emirates that form the UAE have become highly desirable and accessible destinations, key for both regional and international trade.
The capital of the emirates is Abu Dhabi, which is also the states centre for political, industrial and cultural activities. Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the only two emirates to have veto power over critical matters of national importance in the countries legislature.
Critically, the city of Dubai is the link the East and West. It has physically grown at such an astronomical rate over the last 20 years and it's ambition, progressive and modern vision, advanced sea services, air services and customs facilities have earned it a right to be one of the leading global trade hubs. Unmatched in the region and many regions across the world.
Commercially, it is organised into free zones that cater to the needs of numerous multinational companies, their business segments and models.
The free zones include Jabal Ali, Internet City, Media City, Knowledge Village, Healthcare City, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
The benefits of working within this environment centre around the team structures. In start-up's, the organisation is flatter which can offer more responsibility and potential fast track opportunities.
The draw appeals worldwide, there is a a unique mix of multi-cultural and ethnic backgrounds which can also offer a platform for language and cultural learning.
Corporate packages offer a tax free salary, a free annual return flight, private medical insurance.
The fact that the UAE has a strict policy of deportation of criminals also makes it an appealing environment. Most residents are also professionals who do not want to jeopardise their chance of living in the city.
Up to 6 months of the year, the climate ranges from 19 to 29 with periods of sand storms and showers making up the rest of the year.
How does Tax affect me?
Each country has different laws on taxing residents while they are overseas. Some countries may even tax you if you have enduring ties to your country. It is strongly advised that you speak with a tax consultant for information before accepting a contract.