Jobs in Dubai for Indians are, luckily, fairly easy to come by. Dubai has a very relaxed policy when it comes to hiring skilled workers from many countries, and India is no exception. There is a strong community of Indian foreign workers in Dubai and around the United Arab Emirates.
Compared to remaining in India or going to other countries where there is a competitive workforce of cheap overseas workers (OW), Dubai remains a highly lucrative field for many Indians seeking employment. Because of the quickly rising standard of education in India, there is a surplus of skilled graduates in many areas, and Dubai is crying out for skilled, enthusiastic, hard-working employees. The sense of loyalty and hard work that India is famous for stands employees in good stead in Dubai, where long work hours and a dedicated work ethic will lead to promotion and more lucrative work. Employees from many other countries are lazier and more likely to complain about the harsh working conditions found in entry level positions in Dubai, giving Indians an additional edge.
Jobs in Dubai for Indians are often most easily found at the entry level. While there are always openings in management and upper management, Indian employees will find themselves competing against a globalised workforce, and Dubai employers tend to go for people with management experience in bog, global employers, something which the average indian job-seeker may be lacking in.
Jobs in Dubi for Indians: Finding a Great Job
As you probably know, Dubai has a thriving job market. The UAE government is keen on expansion and development. Far-sighted and strategic, UAE’s governors are aware that Dubai is a central hub of the world’s economies and travel routes, and wants to maximise their exposure to lucrative international ventures.
With this in mind, Dubai employers are notorious for demanding excellence from their employees, and are willing to pay for it appropriately. The Indian sense of ‘outstanding service’ and generations of malleability and flexibility in jobs serve very well in this instance. The best way to get ahead in Dubai is by providing exceptional service and making sure that it’s noticed and appreciated by one’s employer, and then getting regular promotions. Dubai employers are well versed in rewarding their employees appropriately and will appreciate genuine efforts to be exemplary.
So how does a hard-working, well-educated Indian employee find an job in Dubai? Networking is the primary answer. It’s hard to contact people directly in Dubai if you don’t have a ‘foot in the door’, because in Dubai, more so than in other job markets, who you know is vitally important. Most of the jobs in Dubai aren’t advertised on the Internet, and those that are can be a real challenge to land, simply because of the staggering quantity of people who want to work in Dubai.
Luckily for reders of this article, we can assure you that networking, that oldest and most valuable of job hunting skills, is alive and well in Middle Eastern cultures. On to of that, many Internet job hunters don’t have the patience and savvy to network appropriately, especially across international borders, and this makes a big opportunity for those willing and dedicated to approach job hunting in Dubai with some intelligence and perseverance.
As you can imagine, Dubai Airport is a thriving job market. The UAE government has long-term plans to expand the airport to support additional flights in and out of it, as well as bolstering the infrastructure surrounding it to make stopping over in Dubai Airport more pleasant. The staff there are often the ‘first faces’ visitors see coming into Dubai, and companies are keen to have themselves represented as the pinnacle of customer service.
Most jobs in Dubai for Indians are found by getting to know fellow Indians working in appropriate industries and then asking them to refer you to any jobs that may come up. If someone gets promoted, their employers will often listen to their suggestions on who to replace them with. After all, if you’re promoting someone for work well done, why wouldn’t you listen to their advice about who to hire to replace them, rather than waste time and money going through costly HR processes?
Jobs in Dubai for Indians: Landing the Job
Dubai is amazingly strict about security checks, references and paperwork. With the emphasis on reputation that Dubai employers strive for, having employees with less than stellar references or characters is unthinkable. Make sure that you’re on top of all the paperwork, contracts etc before accepting any job offers.
If you’re tempted to pad your resume, we strongly recommend you re-think it, or, if you do, do so with utmost caution. Dubai employers will cut you loose without a backward glance if they discover any form of shadiness from their employees.
It goes without saying that you should conduct yourself with utmost professionalism at all times. While employers in Dubai like to keep friendly relations with their employees, and the culture of extreme hospitality and haggling seems like things are relaxed, make sure that any approaches of informality are initiated by the superior party – i.e the interviewer or employer, rather than yourself.
Dubai is a country where the culture values long-lasting, warm relationships. It is not unusual to keep track of people you’ve known or worked with over a period of many years, and for those long-standing networks to come in handy years down the track. Genuine friendships and collegiality last for decades in Dubai, and the best way to take advantage of this is by being friendly, open, and fostering a sense of long-term friendship whenever you have the opportunity.
Negotiating Salaries for Indians working in Dubai
Many entry-level positions don’t offer as much flexibility in payment and bonuses as upper level positions, but there is some wiggle room if you know what to look for. Most employees are after promotion and advancement, so make sure that you let your employers know you’re keen and eager to progress in your field. You may not have much of an opportunity to negotiate a better salary, but you can often angle for ‘standard’ allowances like subsidised food and accommodation with relative ease.
Don’t forget that certain bonuses, like the end-of-contract payments, are standard in Dubai, and if your contract excludes them you are justified in politely querying why.
There is always some scope in negotiating your starting salary. Negotiating is a fact of life in the Middle East and is well worth researching and practising. A few weekends of shopping will make you aware of more of the delicate aspects of negotiations, but any practise is good practice!
Consider a 10% variance from the opening offer to be roughly what to aim for, as long as you’ve got the background and experience to back up your claim. Haggling for more than that may be challenging and strike your employers as demanding, but as always go with your instinct.
Part-time jobs are less lucrative, even on a per-hour basis, than full-time jobs, for obvious reasons. It is also expected from Dubai employers that people working part-time will probably be juggling other commitments and they may have a preconception that you won’t be as attentive and dedicated to your job as other employees may be. The exception to this is part-time consulting, this is most relevant in highly specialised technical fields, then you can expect a loading bonus of significant amounts to compensate you for the transitory and ephemeral nature of your work.
Don’t forget that it’s pretty standard for foreign workers in Dubai to be paid a series of subsidisations and allowances on top of their standard salary. Make gentle enquiries about subsidised accommodation, staff meals, uniform and laundry assistance, etc. You may be expected to ‘bunk down’ in shared accommodation with other workers for the same company. This is a small price to pay for getting assistance with rent in Dubai, which is fairly expensive.