Midwife seeking advice on move to Abu Dhabi

  • Hi all,

    I am a UK midwife currently living and working in wales. I have been a midwife for a number of years now, and have been dreaming about working away for far too long. I have recently visited Abu Dhabi, which I absolutely loved and I am now finally starting the process to relocate there. I was lucky enough to have visited the Corniche hospital whilst I was there, and met with the HR department who now has my CV. However, in order to widen my chances of a job offer I was hoping someone would be able to provide me with more information on how to apply for jobs, whether to apply direct or through agencies, benefits of working in UAE, accommodation, work/life balance etc. Any information regarding the process and living in Abu Dhabi will be greatly appreciated.

    Many Thanks
    Hannah
  • Re: Midwife seeking advice on move to Abu Dhabi
    Quote: Hi all,

    I am a UK midwife currently living and working in wales. I have been a midwife for a number of years now, and have been dreaming about working away for far too long. I have recently visited Abu Dhabi, which I absolutely loved and I am now finally starting the process to relocate there. I was lucky enough to have visited the Corniche hospital whilst I was there, and met with the HR department who now has my CV. However, in order to widen my chances of a job offer I was hoping someone would be able to provide me with more information on how to apply for jobs, whether to apply direct or through agencies, benefits of working in UAE, accommodation, work/life balance etc. Any information regarding the process and living in Abu Dhabi will be greatly appreciated.

    Many Thanks
    Hannah
    I can truly say that I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' no babies but in the absence of any other useful advice forthcoming, I can offer the following generic observations. Finding a job can be pretty random: you might luck out and find something quickly or spends ages in futile frustration. I'd suggest trying every angle you can discover.

    There are websites active in this region like monsterjobs.com where you can post your CV. Diligently and regularly follow up any contacts you may have. By all means, identify all of the maternity hospitals in AD and send your CV with a cover letter. You never know when it might land in somebody's inbox on the day they have to fill an urgent vacancy.

    I have no idea how extensively midwives are used here (for the reason mentioned in my opening sentence). Others will have to advise. AD is building up its medical infrastructure so that should be one positive element. On the other hand they may be able to access qualified midwives from various countries in Asia where salary expectations are much lower and that might set a very low benchmark for what you can reasonably hope to earn - this is the case in many professions here, no idea if it applies in yours.

    Also, you may find the work culture significantly at odds with your dreams: it can often be stifling and bureaucratic (particularly in state hospitals) and individual employees have very few protections compared to Europe. But you get to meet a great variety of people and have access to lots of wonderful experiences so you just have to balance what's important to you.
  • Re: Midwife seeking advice on move to Abu Dhabi
    There have been British midwives recruited to come to the UAE in the past. I have no idea how common it is but I remember the queries and follow-ups on various expat forums.

    Otherwise Miss Anne is right. Finding a job in the UAE is crapshoot. It could happen literally overnight, or it could take years. Broaden your search to Dubai as well. It may not be your first choice but if you get a Dubai offer first, take it and then it'll be much easier to lateral to an Abu Dhabi job as you're already in the country.
  • Re: Midwife seeking advice on move to Abu Dhabi
    The Corniche Hospital is full of British and Irish midwives.
  • Re: Midwife seeking advice on move to Abu Dhabi
    Thank you all for replying, and for the advice. I am definitely going to apply for jobs in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai to try and widen my chances of getting a job. I can see it can be a difficult and long process sometimes to get there, and found this out by chatting to a couple of the midwives in the corniche also. I saw monster jobs during one of my online searches and was unsure if it was safe, so thank you for clarifying that. Thank you again, any other advice would be greatly appreciated.
  • Re: Midwife seeking advice on move to Abu Dhabi
    Quote: Thank you all for replying, and for the advice. I am definitely going to apply for jobs in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai to try and widen my chances of getting a job. I can see it can be a difficult and long process sometimes to get there, and found this out by chatting to a couple of the midwives in the corniche also. I saw monster jobs during one of my online searches and was unsure if it was safe, so thank you for clarifying that. Thank you again, any other advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Good luck, it sounds like your quest is very reasonable and achievable. Thanks for acknowledging our responses: plenty of people post once with a query and disappear off into the sunset or wherever such ingrates go! Stay a regular on the bored and keep us updated. God knows we need new blood.
  • Re: Midwife seeking advice on move to Abu Dhabi
    Quote: Good luck, it sounds like your quest is very reasonable and achievable. Thanks for acknowledging our responses: plenty of people post once with a query and disappear off into the sunset or wherever such ingrates go! Stay a regular on the bored and keep us updated. God knows we need new blood.
    Thank you very much. I have found this forum very useful for all information on making my move to the UAE and no doubt will have lots more questions for you all. I have made progress and been offered an interview with a hospital in Abu Dhabi which I am over the moon about, I cant believe I've had such a quick response. If anyone has any tips please send them my way, I've not had an interview for quite some time now and the nerves are already setting in.
  • Re: Midwife seeking advice on move to Abu Dhabi
    Quote: Thank you very much. I have found this forum very useful for all information on making my move to the UAE and no doubt will have lots more questions for you all. I have made progress and been offered an interview with a hospital in Abu Dhabi which I am over the moon about, I cant believe I've had such a quick response. If anyone has any tips please send them my way, I've not had an interview for quite some time now and the nerves are already setting in.
    Be humble and compliment them. That's my top tip.
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    I hope your interview went well. I also am a midwife currently working in london. I also have the same dream of working abroad. I applied to a few hospitals in Abu Dhabi and had an interview which seems to have been around the same time as you. I was thankfully offered the job. Thank you for the advice!!!!