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What are the benefits of working in UAE?

Posted on January 10, 2023
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Is UAE a good country to work in?

Yes! The UAE is a good country to work. It is considered as one of the safest countries where young people and their families can live and work peacefully. Around 82 percent of the UAE population said that life in the UAE is optimistic. Around 53 percent of the population revealed that they are expecting a salary increase.  The cost of living is affordable in some parts of the country. A tax-free salary is another big benefit of working in the country.

Employment opportunities in UAE

The UAE has thousands of job vacancies available for immigrants. The five popular states where a lot of job vacancies are available include:

  • Dubai
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Sharjah
  • Ajman
  • Fujairah

The unemployment rate in the country is 3.50 percent. The job market in the country has many new businesses, international investments, new projects, and many more aspects. Around 70 percent of the UAE firms have plans to recruit immigrants to meet the skills shortage challenge. Around 50 percent of the organizations are eager to hire immigrants who can join within 3 months.

The most in-demand jobs in the UAE in 2023 are:

  • Psychologist
  • AI, machine learning specialists
  • Machine learning expert
  • Cybersecurity specialist
  • Researchers
  • Digital transformers
  • Web designers
  • Digital market experts
  • Automation experts
  • Business development professionals
  • Project managers
  • Supply chain professionals
  • Data scientists
  • Cabin crew
  • Engineers
  • Technicians

Benefits of working in UAE

There are many benefits that immigrants can avail of while working in the UAE. Some of them are discussed here in detail:

Tax-free income

Tax-free income is the biggest benefit due to which immigrants want to work in UAE. Employees can take home all their earnings and there is no need to pay any tax. Workers can enjoy a better quality of life.

Attractive job opportunities

The UAE has many in-demand job opportunities available for immigrants. The booming industries in the country are healthcare, education, and IT. Professionals having experience in sales, finance, business development accounting, etc. are in high demand. Property is another sector where a lot of job opportunities are available. The country is experiencing skills shortage and has plans to invite more and more skilled workers to meet the challenge.

Lucrative salaries

There are many industries where immigrants can get high salaries and the list can be found in the table below:

Sectors Salaries
IT & Software Development AED 6,000
Engineer AED 7,000
Finance & Accounting AED 90,000
HR AED 5,750
Hospitality AED 8,000
Sales & Marketing AED 5,000
Healthcare AED 7,000
Teaching AED 5,250
Nursing AED 5,500
STEM AED 8,250

There are no compulsory minimum wages for foreign skilled workers. Many companies provide accommodation and transport facility. Food is also provided by some companies. This attracts more immigrants as their income is free from tax and they also do not have to spend money on food, accommodation, and transport.

Exposure to a multicultural environment

More than 80 percent of the population in the UAE is that of immigrants from different countries. This means that companies have employees from different countries who share their food, culture, etiquette, and many other things. This exposure leads to build a network. People from countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, etc. come to the country to seek job opportunities.

Experience in international projects

Immigrants will get an opportunity to work on many international projects in Dubai, UAE. Companies in the country have different national and international projects which will help the immigrants to gain international experience. This experience will add value to their CVs.

Immigrants can also start their own business. The country has a large number of resources, consumers, and IT technology which will help the immigrants to fulfill their dream of having their own business.

Access to International Education for children

Public and private schools accompany the education system of the UAE. Some of them follow the curriculum of France, America, or British. The number of international students is lower in comparison to other countries like the USA, Australia, Canada, the UK, etc. The students from India migrate to UAE to have a degree course. Currently, Indian students make up 17 percent of all international students.

Other countries from where students reach UAE are:

  • Syria
  • Jordan
  • Egypt
  • Oman

More than 5,000 students from each of these countries come to study in UAE each year. Talented students are eligible to have residency of 10 years in UAE. Students will also be able to get a work visa whose eligibility will be 5 years. Different types of scholarships are also available for international students.

Paid annual leave of 30 days each year

Employees in the probation period are not eligible for any leaves. Probation period can be of six months or less. Employees who complete six months in an organization are eligible to get 2 paid leaves per month for their first year. After completing the first year, they will get 30 days of paid leaves per year.

Maternity leave of at least 60 days

A pregnant woman in UAE has the benefit of getting 60 paid maternity leaves after six months of pregnancy is completed. Out of these 60 days, employees will get full salary for 45-day leaves and half pay for remaining days. A female employee can also take additional leaves of 45 days but they will be unpaid.

Holiday leave

Public holidays in the UAE that employees get in a year are as follows:

  • Gregorian New Year: 1st January
  • Eid Al Fitr: From 29th day of Ramadhan to 3rd Shawwal*
  • Arafah Day: Dhu Al Hijjah 9th
  • Eid Al Adha; From 10 to 12 of Dhu Al Hijjah (Feast of Sacrifice)
  • Hijri New Year: 1 Muharram *
  • The Prophets Mohammed’s birthday; 12th of Rabi al Awwal
  • Commemoration day: 1st December
  • National Day: 2nd and 3rd December

Diversity in population

Majority of population in the UAE consists of immigrants. There is diversity in population as people of different religions live in the UAE. The table below reveals the details:

Religion Population in UAE
Muslim 76%
Christian 9%
Other 16%

Work culture

UAE has attracted many employees and entrepreneurs from different parts of the world. Immigrants can find all types of work environments in the country whether it is competitive, hierarchical, nationality dominated, and many others. Immigrants can get the work environment suitable to them. Men and women can work together and have professional interactions.

The official language of the UAE is Arabic but English is used as the main language for communication between employees and businesses. Candidates having knowledge of English can get a job easily. But if they also have knowledge of Arabic, it will be advantageous for them.

Parental leave of up to 5 days

A father or a mother can take parental leaves of 5 days to take care of the newly born child. Employees can take these leaves within six months from the date the child was born.

Sick leave

After the completion of the probation period, employees are eligible to take sick leaves of 90 days. Sick leaves can either be taken continuously or intermittently. Salary is paid on the number of sick leaves taken and the details can be found here:

  • 15 days per year – full day pay
  • The next 30 days – half day pay
  • Further leaves taken – No pay

Health insurance

The government of UAE provides funds for the healthcare system. The system is regulated by various authorities in different states of the UAE. The health insurance covers the expenses of regular or severe illness. The expenses include:

  • Doctor consultation
  • Diagnostics and tests
  • Medicines
  • Hospitalization

There are many reasons behind purchasing a health insurance and they are mentioned below:

  • Dealing with the fluctuating medical costs
  • Managing medical expenses
  • Getting quality treatment
  • Protecting the savings
  • Saving the family from financial issues

How Y-Axis assists you to work in UAE?

You can avail the following Y-Axis services to work in UAE

  • Counseling: Y-Axis provides free counseling services.
  • Job services: Avail job search services to find jobs in UAE
  • Reviewing requirements: Your requirements will be reviewed by our experts for your UAE work visa
  • Requirements collections: Get the checklist of requirements needed to apply for a UAE work visa
  • Application form filling: Get help for filling out the application form

Planning to migrate to UAE? Talk to Y-Axis, the world’s no. 1 overseas immigration consultant.

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