Careers and Jobs in
the Middle East (Saudi-Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar. etc.)
Middle East Jobs
Middle East in general comprises of
countries such as Kuwait, Bahrain,
Saudi-Arabia, Qatar, Yemen, Syria,
Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and more.
birthplace of at least three
world religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), Middle East
(Saudi-Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, etc.) has
great influence in world polity as well as economy, and the region
has been very popular destination for the travelers and temporary
(expatriate) workers alike.
The economy of most
of the Middle East countries is mainly based on oil, and due to rich
oil reserves, some of the Middle Eastern countries (Saudi-Arabia,
Kuwait, etc.) are one of the
most prosperous countries of the world. Despite their local
challenges, the economy of most Middle Eastern countries continues
to be very strong and therefore attracts a large workforce from
around the world. Jobs in the Middle East therefore are one
of the hotly pursued jobs in the world. Jobs in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia
and UAE are particularly in very high demand. This is one reason
that millions of expatriate workers currently work in the Middle East.
For example, according to many estimates about 50,000 US citizens
and their families live and work in Saudi-Arabia. At least 3 times
as many US citizens can be estimated to be working in other parts of
the Middle East.
benefits vary from country to country, general benefits may include the
Paid Housing allowance (Some expatriate workers save money on housing as
they manage to find inexpensive housing on their own)
companies offer free housing instead of paying a housing allowance
cost of living
Proximity to the holy sites of Makkah and Madinah (Great benefit for
People manage to easily find their cultural communities. This includes
Americans, Pakistanis, Indians, and others.
Multiple year contracts – Most expatriates prefer a minimum of 2 year
contract to ensure they get some benefit before temporarily relocating.
travel for all family members to their home country once a year.
that you should know if you are considering to work in the Middle East:
Attaining citizenship of those countries is almost impossible.
should be aware of the religious customs in those countries. For example,
some Islamic countries require that women cover themselves in the
traditional garment of Hijab, Abaya and / or Jilbab when roaming outside.
Before accepting a job in any of the Middle Eastern countries, you must
inquire about your children’s education. Public education, for example is
not an option for expatriate workers in all countries.
prosperous Middle East, you can find a myriad of job opportunities in various fields
including Finance, Accounting, Audit, Strategy, Marketing, Sales, Operations,
Procurement, Customer Service, etc. You can also find one of the highly
lucrative jobs in the sectors such as banking, finance, accounting, insurance,
legal, sales, marketing, IT, manufacturing, management consulting etc. The
medical profession too attracts a very high percentage of physicians, surgeons,
few years has seen a huge influx of foreign workers, especially those working in
the area of Information Technology (IT).
Jobs in Dubai in
particular are one of the eagerly sought-after jobs in the Middle
East. Dubai jobs for example include numerous moneymaking
opportunities. Such jobs are easy to find and easy to get. Jobs in
sales and marketing, Banking, Hotels, IT, software, Oil & Gas
industries etc. are available and have been in high demand for many
Dubai is a major
economic hub of the Middle East. Dubai Media City
for example is
designed to boost media businesses and industry in the region. The
leading global players include Associated Press, Bertelsmann, CNN,
CNBC, International Advertising Association (IAA), McGraw-Hill Platts, Sony, and Reuters along with regionally reputed companies
like Middle East Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Saudi Research and
Publishing (SRPC) and Taj TV. Besides, a large number of
entrepreneurs are setting up advertising, printing and publishing
industries in Dubai. All these global players are setting up their
offices across Riyadh, Jeddah, Qatar, Bahrain, Muscat, Beirut
Damascus, Cairo etc. Thus you can easily get advertising, marketing,
and several other media jobs in Dubai.
Dubai Internet City
offers great job opportunities in Software Development, Business
Services, Web Based & e-Commerce, Consultancy, and Education &
Training. Dubai Internet City (DIC)
is an information technology park created by the Government of Dubai
as a free economic zone where companies can operate without
restrictions. Global giants like Microsoft, Oracle, HP, IBM, Compaq,
Dell, Nokia, Siemens, Sun Microsystems, Canon, Logica, Sony
Ericsson, Cisco, i-mate, e-dinar, Acette etc. are major players in
|Finding Jobs in the Middle East
are many channels that one can pursue to find jobs in the Middle
East. You can either approach employers mentioned above directly or
go through the recruitment agencies. Several job vacancies are
advertised each week in appointment pages of leading newspapers.
and Khaleej Times are the
newspapers that daily publish the job vacancies and employment
opportunities in the Middle East. The classifieds sections of these
papers carry a good number of job opportunities.
There are also a number of recruitment agencies that can help you
find jobs in the middle east/gulf. The leading recruitment agencies
include Clarendon Parker, Mosaic, BAC-ME and SOS Recruitment.
As a precautionary measure, you should always do your due diligence
when working with all recruiters (online or others) to ensure you
don't get trapped in any Internet or other job scams.
Jobs can also be searched online. Most of the recruitment agencies
operate through their web sites. Some online resources that you should consider
and explore further include Bayt.com, NaukriGulf.com,
Careermideast.com, DubaiDonkey.com, and Mycareer.com.