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Finding work in Dubai - My Grand Plan!!!

Old Aug 5th 2008, 2:07 pm
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Hello there…

I wonder if you might be able to help me with my grand plan!

I posted a while back as I was looking to relocate to Dubai, and was looking for PA work. I had some really helpful responses (Thankyou) and have since been a busy bee contacting agencies (who seem to be generally quite rubbish) and speaking to a few girls out there who are PA’s… However I have heard pretty much the same thing from everyone… and that is that I need to be on the ground in Dubai to be in with a chance of finding a job. I got made redundant last month and seeing as I’m temping at the moment I have decided to take the risk and go to Dubai for a short while to see if I can secure a role.

However I have some questions before I commit to anything! Hope you’ve all got Crystal balls!!! Firstly… I have been told that September is a particularly bad month to find work as it’s Ramadam and a lot of senior people take vacations during this period… is there a certain time of year which is busier in terms of job seeking?... I’m ready to go from October but would rather wait if this wasn’t a great time to go. Also I am planning to stay for 3 – 4 weeks. It’s probably going to be 3 weeks because of cost etc… do you think this is a decent amount of time to find something? Or do you think that I need to be out there longer? I am also looking to arrange accommodation through a company which does short term lets for whilst I am there. It seems like I am going to pay about 600 AED a week for a smallish apartment? – does this sound about right? Does anyone have any tips on the best areas to stay? I’m not really too sure how I’m going to get from A to B whilst I’m there (I’m guessing taxis?) so the closer I am to the business areas the better I suppose.

I think that’s everything, but if anyone has any ideas…suggestions… criticisms… (be gentle!) than I’d like to hear them…

Thanks very much for your time

Jayne xx
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Originally Posted by jayne29 View Post
Hello there…

I wonder if you might be able to help me with my grand plan!

I posted a while back as I was looking to relocate to Dubai, and was looking for PA work. I had some really helpful responses (Thankyou) and have since been a busy bee contacting agencies (who seem to be generally quite rubbish) and speaking to a few girls out there who are PA’s… However I have heard pretty much the same thing from everyone… and that is that I need to be on the ground in Dubai to be in with a chance of finding a job. I got made redundant last month and seeing as I’m temping at the moment I have decided to take the risk and go to Dubai for a short while to see if I can secure a role.

However I have some questions before I commit to anything! Hope you’ve all got Crystal balls!!! Firstly… I have been told that September is a particularly bad month to find work as it’s Ramadam and a lot of senior people take vacations during this period… is there a certain time of year which is busier in terms of job seeking?... I’m ready to go from October but would rather wait if this wasn’t a great time to go. Also I am planning to stay for 3 – 4 weeks. It’s probably going to be 3 weeks because of cost etc… do you think this is a decent amount of time to find something? Or do you think that I need to be out there longer? I am also looking to arrange accommodation through a company which does short term lets for whilst I am there. It seems like I am going to pay about 600 AED a week for a smallish apartment? – does this sound about right? Does anyone have any tips on the best areas to stay? I’m not really too sure how I’m going to get from A to B whilst I’m there (I’m guessing taxis?) so the closer I am to the business areas the better I suppose.

I think that’s everything, but if anyone has any ideas…suggestions… criticisms… (be gentle!) than I’d like to hear them…

Thanks very much for your time

Jayne xx
Jayne,
I think that we are in the same situation, so the only help I can provide it to tell what I am planning to do.
I am from Toronto, and spent plenty of time sending my resume with no result. I have been told the same thing ... get there it is easier and more convenient (even costly!), so since Ramadhan is in september I will be going in october and my horizon is to stay there 1 to 2 months (because things move very slowly there ... don t know about england, but here in canada it is a matter of weeks time to be hired).
Also I just put in my mind, that if I don't find what I am looking for there I will take it as vacation and get back to Toronto ...
Good luck!
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3 Weeks is probably enough to get around a few agencies and possibly even get some interviews in. I'd avoid Ramadan as the place tends to grind to a halt a bit during that time- October should be better.

600Aed a week for an apartment is very,very cheap. Are you sure it wasn't 600 a night? (Even that is cheap though).
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You need to check your sources (Jayne), you wouldn't get a broom cupboard for AED600 per week...and don't forget that sharing is technically illegal.
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...and don't forget that sharing is technically illegal.
not if it's a specific short term let...

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Oops! Not too sure where I got that figure from! Its actually around 5-6000 AED per week… does that sound like a lot?...

Thanks very much
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Originally Posted by Madam Medusa View Post
not if it's a specific short term let...

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Says who?
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Says who?
it's a business...so i guess the licensing people say so...

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i'll be there on my own... so won't be sharing
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No i got it wrong actually... its 5-6000 aed a week. not sure where i got 600 from!?
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No i got it wrong actually... its 5-6000 aed a week. not sure where i got 600 from!?

thats 24,000AED per month, or over 3 grand UK....
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thats 24,000AED per month, or over 3 grand UK....
Yes... an awful lot of money...

does anyone have any other ideas of cheaper places to stay?... i guess if i want to go then i'll have to pay it... and that seems like the cheapest place i've found so far...

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I think you'd be cheaper staying in a cheap hotel than paying for a short term let which are VERY expensive. I've seen some cheap hotels advertised for 350 AED per night which would work out much cheaper? Also contact Golden Sands/Tulip which are hotel apartments but I think they would also be cheaper than short term let.

Try www.kershawleonard.net for PA jobs. There are tons of PA jobs here you'll get one no problem!!
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Originally Posted by jayne29 View Post
Hello there…

I wonder if you might be able to help me with my grand plan!

I posted a while back as I was looking to relocate to Dubai, and was looking for PA work. I had some really helpful responses (Thankyou) and have since been a busy bee contacting agencies (who seem to be generally quite rubbish) and speaking to a few girls out there who are PA’s… However I have heard pretty much the same thing from everyone… and that is that I need to be on the ground in Dubai to be in with a chance of finding a job. I got made redundant last month and seeing as I’m temping at the moment I have decided to take the risk and go to Dubai for a short while to see if I can secure a role.

However I have some questions before I commit to anything! Hope you’ve all got Crystal balls!!! Firstly… I have been told that September is a particularly bad month to find work as it’s Ramadam and a lot of senior people take vacations during this period… is there a certain time of year which is busier in terms of job seeking?... I’m ready to go from October but would rather wait if this wasn’t a great time to go. Also I am planning to stay for 3 – 4 weeks. It’s probably going to be 3 weeks because of cost etc… do you think this is a decent amount of time to find something? Or do you think that I need to be out there longer? I am also looking to arrange accommodation through a company which does short term lets for whilst I am there. It seems like I am going to pay about 600 AED a week for a smallish apartment? – does this sound about right? Does anyone have any tips on the best areas to stay? I’m not really too sure how I’m going to get from A to B whilst I’m there (I’m guessing taxis?) so the closer I am to the business areas the better I suppose.

I think that’s everything, but if anyone has any ideas…suggestions… criticisms… (be gentle!) than I’d like to hear them…

Thanks very much for your time

Jayne xx
Hi Jayne,

I am planning the same. I heard of this career fair in AD so thought to go and stay for few weeks and test the market. I can send you the link to the exhibition if you want to attend, it is between 19th and 21st October. Best
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