Tips for UAE Job Seekers Before Arrival in Dubai UAE

Before you go to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to look for work, you should get ready for the process. This means you need to know about the job market, what documents you need to bring with you, and the requirements for getting a visa. There are many job opportunities in the UAE, but you need to do your research before you start looking for work there. In this article, we tell you what you can do before you move to the UAE to improve your chances of getting a job and making a smooth start to your new life there.

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  1. The best time to visit UAE to look for a job is in January, February, March, or September.
  2. Apply for a 3-month visit visa at least a few months ahead of time.
  3. Make a budget for your trip before you get there, and bring enough money with you to cover living costs, visa fees, tickets, local travel, etc.
  4. If you can, try to stay with other professionals in the UAE.
  5. Before you go to UAE, get your degree attested by the right authorities well in advance.
  6. Bring things you use every day from home, like a blanket, towel, etc., to save money in UAE.
  7. Try to move to the UAE early in your career, after you have gotten a good education and some skills. Experience from your home country is usually less important here.
  8. The more you know about Microsoft Office (especially Excel and PowerPoint) and ERP software like SAP, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics, QuickBooks, Tally, Sage, etc., the more likely you are to get hired.
  9. You must set up your laptop before you get there.
  10. Networking: In UAE, the most important thing to do to get the first job opening in the market is to know people. Depending on family and friends too much might not be a good idea, so try to get in touch with them before you move to UAE through LinkedIn, WhatsApp, etc.
  11. At least two months before you arrive, start registering and making a profile on the websites of well-known and trusted employment agencies like Bayt, Dubizzle, Gulf Talent, Naukri Gulf, LinkedIn, indeed ae, etc.
  12. Make your CV as polished and professional as you can (Try to get any UAE contact number in advance from your friends for your use and mention it on the CV if possible). You’ll save time if you do it before you fly. You could bring some copies of your CV from home, along with plain white A4 envelopes. Keep it ready to give to any employer who might be interested. Also bring pictures of yourself that are the size of a passport (just in case if it is required)
  13. Explore the best players in your industry in the UAE, go to their websites, and look for people who work for the organizations you want to join. Start a conversation with them and try to get to know them so you can set up an appointment. (LinkedIn is the best place to find this information.)
  14. Try to set up at least 5 to 6 possible meetings before going to UAE.
  15. Try to learn about the local laws and rules in the UAE that apply to your field, like VAT in accounting and finance.
  16. The fastest way to respond to any employer or recruiter is to keep a soft copy of your CV on your smartphone or mobile, along with a pre-written email (in case you have been asked to send your C.V while you are unable to access your laptop).
  17. In a nutshell, the key to success is strong planning before going to Dubai, and “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”


In conclusion, job seekers who want to move to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be much better off if they take the time to prepare before they get there. Job seekers can improve their chances of finding work and making a smooth transition to life in the UAE by researching the job market, getting the documents they need, and learning about visa requirements. Also, it’s important to network and make connections before coming to the country, because this can lead to great job opportunities and help you learn more about the job market. With these tips and suggestions in mind, people who want to find a job in the UAE can do so with confidence and reach their career goals.

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Rabia, the founder and author of, one of Dubai's largest online job websites, has revolutionized the job search experience for job seekers in the Middle East. A tech enthusiast, Rabia founded the website to make job seeking easier and more convenient for employers and job seekers.Over the past seven years, Rabia has gained a deep understanding of the job market in the Middle East region and the challenges job seekers face. She shares her knowledge of job search strategies, career development, and the latest market trends as a speaker and writer. Her insights and advice have helped many job seekers, and she continues to empower others.

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