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Old Jan 3rd 2009, 12:35 am
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Hi all

This is my first post here and im looking for some sound advice,

First of all im a self employed electrician living in the south of Ireland, There is work here but it is getting harder and harder to collect my money ( at this moment and time im out about €12k:curse
Ive read as many post as i could on this forum about living, cost, work etc and it seems some people think the construction is booming and some think its at a stand still.

All im looking for is a change for a few years, better life style some good weather and gain more experience in my field

I love the sun (so does my wife lol)
Im looking for a job as a Electrical supervisor/ foreman
Where not big drinkers
i love motorsports espically motorbike racing, i do it here at home

is it better to wait for an offer before we go or is it better just to book a flight go there and try and meet these people in person, what are the chances of getting a job this way

Thanks a mil for any advice in advance and hopefuly i will see ye out there in the near future as im itching to get out of this place for a while
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i would think that the pay for an electrical foreman is going to be peanuts...with rent and cost of living so high now, it's probably not a great idea to look to move here...oh, and i don't think you'll find anyone who would describe construction here as "booming" right now...

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MM is right - search other places! We are in Dubai now and we are having to look outside of this place - too many looking for work and it will get worse before it gets better!
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Originally Posted by Madam Medusa View Post
i would think that the pay for an electrical foreman is going to be peanuts...with rent and cost of living so high now, it's probably not a great idea to look to move here...oh, and i don't think you'll find anyone who would describe construction here as "booming" right now...

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MM is right - search other places! We are in Dubai now and we are having to look outside of this place - too many looking for work and it will get worse before it gets better!
I agree with you both. Try www.gulfnews.com - there are some positions there but they appear to be for Asians and hence the pay is very very low.
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I agree with you both. Try www.gulfnews.com - there are some positions there but they appear to be for Asians and hence the pay is very very low.
in all fairness, gulfnews isn't the place where british expats look for well paid jobs here in any industry..
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construction isnt booming its falling.
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in all fairness, gulfnews isn't the place where british expats look for well paid jobs here in any industry..
i maybe mistaken but i think this was towards the original poster to show the wages for an electrical foreman?!
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i maybe mistaken but i think this was towards the original poster to show the wages for an electrical foreman?!
yes you are mistaken, as there are two types of wages in dubai..
south asian and european.

gulf news ads will mainly demonstrate the south asian wages, which he has no interest in..
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Thanks a mill for the replys
Not the answers i was looking for lol
Anybody here got any ideas for a man in my situation, maybe Qatar or Oman
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Default Re: Hoping to move to AD or Dubai

Originally Posted by Irish Austen View Post
Thanks a mill for the replys
Not the answers i was looking for lol
Anybody here got any ideas for a man in my situation, maybe Qatar or Oman
If Oman go through an Agency. Not affected as bad as Abu Dhabi and Dubai yet, and not likely to be as most of the money is government money. There is some huge private development happening out here in Oman so you could be lucky.

Without sounding offensive though, the job you are looking for is normally filled by a South Asian, which are much cheaper than us Westerners
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Default Re: Hoping to move to AD or Dubai

Originally Posted by Irish Austen View Post
Thanks a mill for the replys
Not the answers i was looking for lol
Anybody here got any ideas for a man in my situation, maybe Qatar or Oman

Why not try getting Oz visa?
We are here in Dubai in construction also, but looking to pull out. Some guys in the construction industry seem to be mananging to hold on to their jobs, but there will be many more laid off here coming this 1st Qtr.......

Good luck.
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Default Re: Hoping to move to AD or Dubai

Glad all the industry professionals have added their comments, so here are mine:

Admon; spot on.

My first job in the UAE was as an electrical supervisor/foreman.

And MM I certainly was not paid peanuts,

There are not the same openings nowadays but still there are some.

If you go to oil/gas facilities, market yourself and your CV as an electrical project engineer.

For construction, yea its on its arse but I'm sure there would be positions?? Again market yourself correctly.

A company will want you for your management skills not your housebashing skills. They have slave labour for that.
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in all fairness, gulfnews isn't the place where british expats look for well paid jobs here in any industry..

I saw alot of positions on there that are the full package it's a guideline at least
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Trust me BC your wasting your time looking in the gulf news.

I hope you prove me wrong obviously
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Trust me BC your wasting your time looking in the gulf news.

I hope you prove me wrong obviously
your probably right but we saw a good one on there for a big company who had a half page thingy in the paper. Looked good. Took two seconds to e mail CV so nothing lost really.
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