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You Can Find Freedom Abroad. Photo By Nattu

You Can Find Freedom Abroad. Photo By Nattu

A few years back I remember somebody telling me that any job I did at home, I could do abroad as well.

 

My first reaction was not a sense of enlightenment, and I didn’t feel inspired at all. In fact I distinctly remember scoffing at the idea and sticking to my opinion that there were only a few places, and a few ways, in the world where I could get a decent job. Stick it out through school, sludge through exams and then hope to land an internship with some big monopoly of a company.

 

Ah, to be young and naïve again.

 

The truth is, I now know, that you can land pretty much any job, anywhere in the world. And there is no secret either. You just have to get out there and find it. Easier said than done though, right?

 

Well if you really want to get out, see the world, and absorb a new lifestyle and experiences, then you are going to have to work for it. Yes, opportunities abroad are endless, yes, you can realize your dreams, but it isn’t going to be handed to you.

 

So where do you start? How can you become one of those lucky people that don’t have to schlep their way to the office through rush hour traffic or cram themselves inside a tiny cuticle?

 

Just follow along because the payoff is going to be worth it.

 

Work Abroad Arrangements

 

In reality there are 3 main types of work that you will find abroad. You can he hired on a contract from a company at home, you may be hired on a national contract by a company in the country you are headed to, or you can venture off into the world of self-employment and freelancing.

 

The most desirable work arrangement is often the contract given to you by a company of your current residence. You will be paid in your currency, receive a number of benefits and be assured quite a lot of job security. In this situation the employer will often pay for your entire move, cover a portion of your rent, pay taxes and supply you with a lot of the everyday goods and services you need. Sounds pretty sweet right?  However this is the work that is tough to find, for obvious reasons.

 

On a national contract you will be paid in the local currency and will be given a salary that is competitive to what other people in your position make within that region. This means that you will often be paid less than you would a home, but you have to keep in mind that the cost of living is usually a lot lower. The problem with this type of work abroad is that there are a lot of entry barriers you have to deal with in terms of visas, regulations and taxes.

 

Your third option is to start your own business in your new destination or take to freelancing in whatever facet or arena you enjoy or are skilled at. Most expats that utilize this option to move abroad have at least a few years of experience under their belts and a strong foundation and business plan put in place.

 

Choosing a Country and Putting Plans in Motion

 
No matter which avenue you find most available, or choose to take, your first step is to figure out which country or destination you would like to head to. What you may want to do is set a concrete deadline sometime between 6 to 12 months ahead in which you will make the move abroad, even if your search from home does not pan out. This allows you the time needed to try and land a contract at home but still keeps the plan in motion and keeps you inspired to move forward if you can’t. 

 
Start off with a certain region and then start narrowing your choices down to different cities. Search the internet, peruses website such as ours, and figure out what sort of culture, atmosphere and life you would enjoy the most. The earlier you can choose a destination the easier it will be to make contacts in the country, brush up on a new language and even save money.

 
Searching for a Job from Home

 
What a lot of people do not realize is that the search for a job abroad is a lot similar to a normal job search. You often use the same strategies and tools that you would locally and the main focal point of the entire search is to network, make contacts, and get your name out there.

 
For starters let’s say that you chose Belize as the place you want to live and work in. Try your best to surround yourself with the idea and slightly mention it to most people around you. If you mention the fact that you are planning to move to Belize in a year in most conversations that you have, you will be surprised at how easy it is to network. You really up your chances that you will meet someone willing to show you around, someone who has been there before, or even someone who can offer you a job.

Moving to or Visiting your Target Country

 

Very few expats actually land a decent job or head off to a new country with a job in hand. There are an infinite number of companies and employers that will not search for employees abroad and just wait for the right candidate to show up on their doorstep. So that is often what you have to do.

 
Before you pack your bags and take off with a few dollars in your pocket, try and speak to other expats and people who have been to the country before. This will give you a solid idea of how much money you will need in order to stay afloat during your job search, which can last around 3 months or even longer.

 
Your first priority when heading abroad is to locate affordable accommodations. Through proper networking you may have been able to make contacts which can help house you for a few days, and if not you should look into vacation rentals and other accommodations that offer a monthly rate. You can also peruse the local newspapers for classified ads asking for roommates.

 
Another important “tip” to keep in mind is that you will really benefit from meeting local expats and networking with them. While you may be moving abroad as a way to get away and truly indulge in a new culture, expats who have done it all before can be a great help. It is through these people where you will find the most success in terms of finding a place to live and a job abroad.

 
Freelancing Abroad

 
Self-employed expats follow much the same path as those looking to gain contracted employment. Most freelancers will move abroad and live on a tight budget from project to project, until they can establish a name for themselves within the community or a certain industry. While experience can help you a lot, it really is a stubborn drive and determination that will get your foot in the door. Just keep in mind that while freelancing doesn’t always mean a steady paycheck, it comes with a lot less investment than opening your own business.

 
You can make your dream of moving, living and working abroad a reality. You just need a slight push in the right direction and be willing to put a little bit of work in. No matter where you want to live, what sort of work you would like to do, or when you want to move, there are opportunities out there. Just do your homework, meet the right people and take the leap.

 
Chances are your goals are going to catch you and make all the work more than worthwhile.

TEFL Certification | Why Getting a TEFL Certificate Matters

Posted by Drew On September - 16 - 2009
Teaching English by Alicia Nijdam

Teaching English by Alicia Nijdam

Do you love a challenge? Have a flair for teaching? Are you looking for a way to get out, see the world, and experience a new culture? Then it is official. Teaching English abroad is one of the best options out there for you, and positions are widely available all over the world.

 

The problem is that you are not the only with this idea and competition for the high paying jobs in exciting countries is heating up. That is exactly why you may want to look into getting your hands on a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate ( TEFL certificate). Now, this isn’t to say that you need one, and there are a plethora of opportunities for you to land a job teaching English without one, but this certificate can really open up the door to the world.

 

Requirements for Teaching English

 

It was not long ago that very little was required of English teachers in order to be hired for a teaching position. In fact, in some places all that was required was proof that you were a native English speaker and a degree of some kind. These days that is all starting to change as governments and school administrators are realizing that in order to teach English to students a lot more is required than a simple grasp of the language. In order to be successful, an English teacher abroad must possess planning skills, organization, creativity and have an understanding of the teaching discipline on the whole.

 

It really isn’t as easy as some people think to walk into a foreign country, with foreign students, and try to teach the intricacies of the English language. Believe me, I know first hand. When I journeyed abroad to start teaching I was under the assumption that it would be like summer camp all over again. (I worked as a summer camp counselor for the better part of 7 years) I really had no idea what I was in for and I could have been much more prepared had I invested in a TEFL course.

 

Is a TEFL Certificate for Everyone?

 

Does this mean that I think all people should get their TEFL certificate in order to teach abroad? Does this mean there is no way to land a job without one? Absolutely not. The truth is that I took the hard road, and a large number of institutions are starting to realize that. Even if a TEFL certificate is not required, schools and institutions are going to bump the resumes of certified teachers right up to the top of the list. Not only does that mean that you have a better chance of getting a job teaching English in general, but it also means that you may get first crack at the top rated jobs, the highest paying jobs, and the jobs in the best destinations.

 

The best part may even be that such a certificate opens up borders at home, as well as around the world. Many teachers who choose to obtain the certification actually opt to stay home and teach ESL rather than move abroad. The point is that the TEFL certificate really is an opportunity to improve your knowledge and provide you with education that can be used for the rest of your life, no matter which career path you ultimately choose.

 

I have nothing to gain from promoting the certificate and I do not have one of my own. The fact is that the benefits of the course far outweigh any of the drawbacks. When I return home I may never choose to teach English again, but I will be taking a serious look at the TEFL certification program in order to lay down the groundwork and keep borders open for the rest of my life.

 

Even if you choose to never use your certificate and never move abroad, having it in the back of your pocket can ease your worry and give you the peace of mind that you do have something to fall back on.

 

That is just my two cents, take it for what it is worth.

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The Joy of Obtaining a Work Visa

The Joy of Obtaining a Work Visa

Living abroad is no longer just a dream for retirees or people that are self employed. In fact, more and more people are moving abroad to start new lives in new places and loving every minute of it, no matter what their career is, what skills they possess, or what age they are. However, it isn’t all fun and games and if you want to live abroad then chances are you are going to need to find a job to support your new lifestyle. When it comes to working abroad there is one thing that tends to be universal, you are probably going to need a work visa no matter where you go.

 

Maybe you just received a promotion that is moving you abroad. Maybe you have just decided you have had enough and need to get away. Or maybe you just landed that dream job abroad that you have been aching for over the past few years. Whatever your situation is, obtaining a work visa is one of the first steps you are going to have to take. The problem is that many soon to be expats have no idea how to go about doing that. So to make the transition abroad a little easier we have outlined a few simple steps so you can learn how to get a work visa, and see what else the world has to offer.

 

The mission isn’t exactly going to be easy, and you may run into some roadblocks along the way, but the rewards of moving abroad can drastically outweigh the drawbacks over time. To help you get on the right path here are 6 steps for obtaining a work visa.

 

How to Get a Visa for Working Abroad Step #1- Plan Ahead

 

One of the first things that many expats learn is that obtaining a work visa and getting through the visa application process always seems to take longer than it should. Even though you may assume that because you landed a job you will get a work visa, that isn’t always the case. It is best to start the entire process for your visa application for working abroad as early as you can and make sure you have all the necessary documents. The last thing you want is to realize you do not have the documents ready in time, which may prevent you on your mission to get a work visa.

 

 

Mass Paperwork is Needed to Get a Work Visa

Mass Paperwork is Needed to Get a Work Visa

How to Get a Visa for Working Abroad Step #2- Lock Down References

 

While you may only think that references are important in order to get a job, you also need solid references for a work visa and the entire visa application process. If you can find references that solidify you as a stand up citizen and a hard worker then there is a much better change that the immigration office will speed your visa application towards acceptance. Do your best to make sure that your references cover everything you have accomplished in previous jobs, and that the references you list are more than willing to accept calls and discuss your achievements.

 
How to Get a Visa for Working Abroad Step #3-Compile and Submit Proper Documents

 

To get a work visa for any country you are going to have to fill out a formal visa application, which means paperwork and a number of copies of all your documents. The specific documents do vary from place to place but you are going to need more than just proof of employment. Always be sure to possess a valid passport and that it is nowhere near expiry. In certain circumstances you also might need extra documents such as bank statements, education certifications, tax returns, investment details, a marriage certificate, a police check or even a health report. There is potential for an incredibly large amount of paperwork so make sure you stay organized and keep a solid paper trail for all your documents.

 
visa1How to Get a Visa for Working Abroad Step #4- Realize the Cost

 

Moving abroad can get quite costly in the short run and you should keep in mind that some countries charge a fee in order for you to get a work visa. You will have to look into each situation separately so that you can understand the full cost of your visa application process. Most expats will also have to show proof of income to prove that they will not become a burden to the country. You can do this through a sponsorship or on your own. A smart choice would also be to take out a personal insurance plan for yourself that covers any unexpected costs, especially medical ones that you may come across over the course of your stay. 

 
How to Get a Visa for Working Abroad Step #5- The Waiting Game

 

Getting a work visa is going to take time. Gathering all the documents, proving your identity and filling in all the paperwork is just part of the process, and now you have to wait even longer. Sometimes getting your hands on a work visa for a country can take up to a few years depending on where you are going. Get prepared for the process to take time and remember that immigration departments are known for moving slowly. Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to work visas.

 
How to Get a Visa for Working Abroad Step #6- Stay Up to Date

 

It is quite possible that your work visa may change or even expire while you are working abroad. That is why it is up to you to keep your work visa for the country you are living in up to date at all times. Immigration isn’t going to let you know if something changes or goes wrong. It is also your job to make sure you leave the country before your visa expires as you can be arrested or even banned from a country for staying beyond the date stated on your visa. Be aware of the rules and regulations when it comes to your specific work visa and always be prepared for change.

 

If you need any further assistance or information, when it comes to obtaining a work visa for different countries, then your best bet may be to contact Global Visas. The company is known for providing up to date information and help for soon to be expats, as they provide assistance to individuals and corporations from all over the world who are looking to move and work abroad.

aupair1Landing a job as an au pair really is one of the best ways to surround yourself around new people and dive into a whole new culture. Even still you really need to be prepared and have a good understanding of what you are getting into. There are thousands of wonderful stories about au pairs being shown the world by their adoptive families, touring the Swiss Alps, and lying around on Spanish beaches. Yet, if you look around and listen to former au pairs there are quite a few horror stories as well. This article isn’t meant to shoot down your dream or convince you not to become an au pair in any way; it is just a method of ensuring that you are prepared for what you may be getting into.

 
Taking care of children and performing light household chores in return for full room and board, as well as a little bit of pocket money, sounds like a pretty reasonable deal. There is a lot more to it than that. There is quite a lot of conflict that can come about when you take upon a job where you move to a foreign place, live with a foreign family, and join in with their family, customs, and traditions. Needless to say there are quite a few things that could go wrong, but an open mind and careful planning can go a long way into making sure you have a positive experience as an au pair. If all goes well you will be hard pressed to find a more rewarding and eye opening experience out there, without having to spend much money at all.
In order to help you get on your way to having a positive experience as an au pair, here are 5 tips for getting a job as an au pair and making sure it is the right fit for you.

 
Au Pair Tip #1- Make Use of All Available Resources

 
You have quite a few resources available to you when it comes to finding work as an au-pair, analyzing prospective families, and finding the right contract. You can opt to seek out work through an agency or use au pair networking sites that are quickly becoming more readily available.
If you opt to use an agency to find work as an au pair, then the company will take care of the contract and agreement and ensure that any demands you have are met. This brings with it an obvious advantage in terms of having a third party to negotiate through and mediate. However, the use of an agency also usually comes with a fee and very little flexibility. In some instances agencies will set a salary far lower than what actual families are willing to give out, and are unwilling to budge when it comes to negotiations.

 
On the other hand if you work through a networking site then you have the ability to negotiate terms, barter back and forth, and come up with a contract that works mutually for you and the host family. A great place to start is Great Aupair which helps families find au pairs around the world and vice versa. At first you may be able to find a few jobs without signing up to pay for the service, but if over time you have no luck than you may want to pay the minimal fee which will allow you to contact families, and thus appear more outgoing and driven.

 
While the networking sites will allow you to find a family on your own and work through the terms of the arrangement, you will be on your own with no one really insuring that the host family meets their end of the bargain. If you go this route things may end up better but you have to realize that it is up to you to make sure you are treated fairly. Au pair literally translates to “living on equal terms” so keep this in mind when negotiating a contract and working as an au pair.

 
aupair2Au Pair Tip #2- Be Prepared Ready to Learn

 
It will help a great deal when it comes to your experience as an au pair if you have an idea of what you are getting into and what you want to take away from the opportunity.  Are you looking for a serious and professional working relationship with the family, or do you want to be treated like a member of the family? Do you want to live in a beautiful country home and enjoy the outdoors, or set up shop in the big city in the middle of a shopping district? These are all decisions and options that you need to weigh and decide upon before seeking out a family. If you are stuck in a country villa and hate the outdoors, chances are you are not going to enjoy the experience as much.

 
All in all being an au pair is all about what you are willing to make it. You will not always have the opportunity to get out and meet new people or make new friends. Be prepared to be alone sometimes and have an open mind when it comes to local activities and experiences that your new home has to offer. You have choice in the matter so make sure you are heading into a positive situation that offers you the things you are looking for. If you feel uneasy about where you are headed, take a few steps back and reconsider your options.

 
Au Pair Tip #3- Contract, Contract, Contract
 
There is no rush for you to agree on an au pair job, pack your bags, and move around. Ask as many questions as you can and really do your best to find out exactly what your host family is going to be like. It may seem awkward to ask about things such as career, parenting habits, and religion, but they are all important questions. It is important for you and the family that you know exactly what you are getting into. This is a big step for you and a big step for them, and they should be comfortable answering any question you have, and vice versa.

 
There are also a number of employment details that need to be discussed and placed within the contract that you and the family agree upon. This includes matters such as your schedule, chores you will be expected to do, flight compensation, pocket money, vacation time, and so on. This doesn’t mean you have to spend hours or pay a lawyer hundreds of dollars to write up a legal contract, but you should have it all in writing. Having it all written down can help you avoid a dispute with the family when the time comes for your Saturday night off or if they ask you to do chores that you are not comfortable doing.

 
aupair3Au Pair Tip #4- Be Honest

 
The last thing you want to do is lie about yourself and the things you enjoy doing when connecting with a family. Being able to share as much information about yourself and being as honest as possible will go a long way into creating a comfortable atmosphere. Honesty will often help you land an au pair job and will ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises when you arrive. If you tell them that you are a five star cook and they ask you to cook dinner, they are not going to be very pleased when you put Kraft Dinner on the table.

 
If the family knows all about you and understands what they are getting and you know what you are getting into, the transition for both of you will be made a whole lot easier.

 
Au Pair Tip #5- Go with your Gut

 
If you are uneasy about the situation or contract you are getting into, take note of it. Do not simply blow off your instincts as being too precautious. If you have a bad feeling about the family over the phone then that feeling is most likely going to carry over when you get there in person. Have an open mind and be willing to work through things and take on new experiences, but trust yourself if you get a bad feeling.

 
It is important to remember that the family is often taking a much larger risk than you are. They are inviting you into their home, allowing you to take care of their children and giving you a lot of responsibility. If they are willing to trust you and give you a chance, more often than not they will deserve the same trust.

 
Becoming an au pair can be one of the most gratifying experiences of your life and an excellent way to experience a new culture and new way of life. However even though the job sounds inviting, it is not advised that you jump into any situation head first. Figure out what exactly it is that you are looking for and what you want to experience. Then match up your preferences with the desires of a possible au pair family and get in touch with them. If you have a good feeling, feel you are prepared, and have an open mind, then it could turn out to be one of the most enjoyable experiences of your life.

Egyptian Travel | Live Move, or Work Abroad in Egypt

Posted by Drew On August - 12 - 2009

egypt1A Diverse Experience of a Lifetime

If Egypt reminds you of some movie which was filmed near pyramids or where the star fought off angry mummies, then it is definitely time for you to take a closer look at this unique live abroad destination. Egypt offers you sights, sounds, and a culture that is much more vibrant than pyramids alone. A unique blend of tradition and present day culture, Egypt offers to you a blissful journey through the historic times and then right on through to the current Hi-tech smart village. One glimpse inside and many travelers are left gasping for more.

From antiques, to Christian monuments, to temples, to a desert trek, to scuba diving, and everything in between, Egypt has it all. When it comes to tourism, Egypt has more than enough incentives to dangle in front of travelers. It is true that this is not a vacation destination that will suit everyone, nor is it a place where all expats would love to call home, but it does offer a life many people would do anything to bask in.

Geography and Climate in Egypt

Egypt is bordered by Libya, Sudan, the Gaza strip, and Israel. It is the 38th largest country in the world and offers an eclectic yet riveting way of life for many foreigners. In terms of weather in Egypt, it obviously does not rain very much and temperatures average between 27 to 32 degrees in the summer and 13 to 21 degrees in the winter. A yearly flood in the Nile replenishes the soil throughout the country and makes up for the lack of rain. Unfortunately, a sudden rise in the sea level has been noticed and many people believe it is a cause of global warming.

cairoLifestyle in Egypt

Egypt is governed by a semi presidential form of government.  The population is estimated to be 82,999,000, which mainly comprises of Egyptians, a number of Nubians, and quite a few Greeks.

Life in Egypt seems to have an unbelievable balance while still offering drastic differences from city to city. On one hand Egypt on the whole is so historically extravagant while at the same time cities like Cairo are a prototype of any major metropolitan city which has sky scrappers, hi tech systems, five star hotels, and is politically enlightened. It really is an incredibly unique blend. Egypt is a republic which follows the parliamentarian form of government. Islam is the official religion and the majority of the population consists of Muslims, yet there is a sprinkle of different cultures, people and religions that dot all different areas of the country.

Tourism in Egypt

Life in Cairo is advancing at the speed of light. As for the rest of the Egypt, the land of Pharaohs hasn’t really lost that special touch and this is what places Egypt on a pedestal when it comes to many travelers wish list of places to visit. The must visits in Egypt are often considered to be Abu Simbel, Edfu temple, the Red sea, the Mediterranean, Kom Ombo temple, St. Catherien’s village, and a never ending list of festivals and celebrations.

Climatically, Egypt will welcome you the most in off summer days, i.e, from October to May. The days are sunny but not overbearingly humid. If you plan on visiting Egypt during the month of Ramadan you will need to plan your trip only according to your priorities. Due to a strict rule of observation, touring around and interacting with the culture may not necessarily be as easy.
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Working and living in Egypt

The official currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound. The most acceptable alternative currency is the American dollar. Currently at the moment 1 Egyptian pound = 3.6 USD, thus, the cost of living here is cheaper than North America and Europe. An average Egyptian lives just on or below the western poverty line.

The reasons for some of the economic struggle relate to poverty, unemployment, and rising inflation. A major cultural difference that any expat or traveler will want to keep in mind is that the country survives on bakshish, aka tips or bribes, for any favor what so ever. Accordingly, if you plan to come and work in Egypt you should bear in mind the possible difficulties one may face after coming here. The cost of living is estimated to be $2,000 a month, but as we know you can change this figure drastically in either direction depending upon the lifestyle that you crave.

The Expat Community in Maadi

Through speaking with many foreign workers and people who have visited Egypt, it is said that expats can feel most at home in Maadi. Here you will find a large expat community and may find some guidance in terms of finding your way around and getting used to the new environment. Rent for housing tends to vary and usually starts at around $1,000 a month. For that price you can find a suitable two bedroom apartment that’s well furnished in Maadi.

Best Places to Find Work in Egypt

Cairo, Luxor, Alexendria, and the red sea resorts are the prime spots where employers are seeking people for work, especially in the areas of teaching (especially language teachers, namely English), tourism, and real estate. Working in Cairo is a very viable option for many people as it brings with it a number of the perks and privileges that exist in a well knit modern city. To settle in Egypt means to kick start a new life which means you will need to socialize, interact, and get better at Arabic. If you have traveled to Europe looking for work, you may enter through a tourist visa and later convert it into something more permanent.
At the moment though, it is necessary to mention that the average salary and pay scale in most areas of Egypt are not looking to tempting at the moment. If you have your heart set on living in Egypt, or taking a long term vacation to Egypt, you still have a number of options. You can cut back on a number of things, live like a local and save quite a bit more money.

Travel to Egypt and Visas

To travel in Egypt citizens of almost all countries require a visa. A tourist visa is not that difficult to fetch from a European consulate. Though, in certain cases a visa on arrival is also permitted. Egypt is a very well knit country and is well connected to the rest of the world. Even within itself the transport network is very well built and surprisingly cheap and affordable.
Egypt in all ways is an incredible spot for a superb vacation. It is beautiful, it is diverse, it is friendly, it is serene, and your bank account is sure to love it when compared to other expensive destinations. There are a great number of people who have found employment in Egypt, settled in, and been incredibly grateful for the opportunity. However a move to Egypt is not for everyone and is going to consist of major changes in your life. Do your research, learn what you are getting yourself into, and then take the plunge. Preparation is the ultimate toll when it comes to living overseas and escaping your boring day job.

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dubai1Dubai, the City Of Gold.
Dubai blends in a very rare combination of new and old Arabian spirit. It is a very welcoming city and because of the philanthropic nature of the merchants who come here, it is also known as the city that cares. It truly is a city of contrasts. It has come a long way to its glory and is home to many world class sporting events, awe inducing architecture, and some of the most incredible attractions in the world.
If you are wondering if that is all, we have not even gotten started. Dubai houses the world’s finest and world’s highest seven star hotel, some of the biggest shopping malls, man made palm shaped beaches with apartments built over them (the 2nd man made creation visible from the moon itself, after the great wall of China) and is also known for the famous desert safari. If you want to talk about destinations that offer something for everyone then Dubai is a great place to start. It is also a destination where a one week vacation is definitely not enough.
Life in Dubai
Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the UAE, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm Al Qwain and Ras Al Khaimah. Dubai is also the most populous one and is situated at the southern coast of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. The government rules within the framework of constitutional monarchy.
dubai2Dubai houses a sum total of about 1,422,000 residents, 71 % of whom are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and other Asian countries. Owing to such a multi-ethnic blend, Dubai has become a very multilingual place. With Arabic being the official language, languages like Urdu, Hindi, English, Malyalam, and Persian are also spoken. Islam is the official religion. Besides cultures that have been mentioned, Dubai also houses communities like Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Buddhists.
Climatically, Dubai is aridly subtropical. The skies are generally a crystal, clear blue and the weather is hot and humid but does not take away from the beautiful atmosphere. Rainfall is irregular and scanty. The time period between December and March is considered to be the best time of the year to visit Dubai, but also the most expensive. The months of June to September are generally considered the off season thus you will have to deal with some poor weather but can find some great travel deals.
Dubai is a conservative land when it comes to fashion and getting dressed. It is advisable to follow the local code of conduct because showing skin in certain situations is not always tolerated here, and it might upset the local’s sensibilities.
Fishing, pearl diving, and part time farming are still the traditional occupations for earning livelihood in some areas. However, big business and massive corporations are boosting the economy, creating wealth, and creating a number of job opportunities.
Travel and Work in Dubai


Dubai is very well connected to the rest of the world. It boasts about 105 airlines which connect it to 125 cities around the world.
dubai4The currency of Dubai is a Dirham. At the moment 1USD = 3.67 UAE dirham. Thanks to the rising housing prices and a rise in inflation over the past couple of years, the cost of living in Dubai has risen considerably. As they say every dark cloud has a silver lining, and the government does provide subsidies for electricity, water, and gas. Besides, like any other country, cost of living depends upon the lifestyle one follows. You can find ways to leave cheap and comfortably or you can choose to live in the lap of luxury with all the western essentials.
Outstanding employment prospects attract more and more people to Dubai every year. The fact that there is no personal tax is a welcome invitation to attract people to work here. Telecommunications, IT, engineering, construction, oil and gas, media, and medicine are the industries that are booming and they provide a lot of employment with a handsome salary to each. Working hours and pay scales vary from industry to industry and job to job. Dubai also boasts of an excellent working environment and a well equipped, modern, and clean place to work.
Rental accommodation is advisable, easy to secure, and generally of a incredible quality, although foreign property ownership rights of 2002 have made it pretty easy for one to buy his\her own piece of land. There are many people that will argue for purchasing property, while others will tell you that renting is the way to go. The decision really comes down to personal choice and of course the relatable property deals in Dubai that you can find.
Thus, be it from a vacation point of view or a job that you are seeking, Dubai undoubtedly is one of the best places in the world to look at if you want to move abroad.
dubai3Possible Employment and the Economy in Dubai
Dubai is by far the wealthiest state within the United Arab Emirates and is a top tourist destination for obvious reasons. While vacations to Dubai are attractive, a lot of attention in terms of employment opportunities is being turned towards Dubai. An infinite number of jobs are opening up for workers from all different walks of life with a whole host of different skills.

The economy is booming with an estimated value of USD $37 billion. One job opportunity in Dubai is for pilots as they are in high demand, especially from Emirates Airline their national airline. A large number of expat pilots have jumped on the opportunity and landed lucrative contracts that are not always available in other places.There are also a number of job opportunities for people that work in the financial sector. A recent trend has seen a major increase in the number of accountants that are being hired in Dubai. The incentive packages for accountants in Dubai are incredibly attractive and offer cars, high salaries, and a host of benefits.
If you are worried that there are only employment opportunities in Dubai for certain skilled workers, that is not the case. There are quite a few job opportunities when it comes to management positions with new companies that are setting up shop in Dubai. There are high profile companies such as Kraft Foods that are constantly looking for new workers to handle the boom in business. There is a shortage for trained professionals in the region right now and a great number of migrant workers that are more than willing to take advantage of that. Dubai truly is one of the few countries in the world that can actually boast a growing economy.
There are also a number of job opportunities in Dubai for workers that are less skilled, or trained when it comes to skilled trades. The oil companies in Dubai are desperate for more man power and there are tons of jobs in the tourism industry for room service attendants, waiters, receptionists, and even bag boys. In the right places and at the right time even these jobs can return a six figure income.
To top off everything, Dubai is also an inviting and comfortable place for people that crave fun and excitement. There are an infinite number of clubs, parties, and events. There are places to unwind and lay out on the beach, some of the finest restaurants in the world, incredible attractions, natural and manmade, and a never ending list of things to do. The best part is that the attractions are easily affordable thanks to the incredibly wealthy economy that exists.

Finally a place where you can land a salary that will allow you to live comfortably. The quality of life in Dubai is staggering and promising for expats all over the world. Opportunities like this do not come around that often, especially in today’s economy, so you might to consider diving into Dubai headfirst. Who wouldn’t want to take advantage of so many opportunities?

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