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.

 

The 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.

Considerations

While benefits vary from country to country, general benefits may include the following –

  • No taxes

  • High salaries

  • Fixed Paid Housing allowance (Some expatriate workers save money on housing as they manage to find inexpensive housing on their own)

  • Some companies offer free housing instead of paying a housing allowance

  • Low cost of living 

  • Proximity to the holy sites of Makkah and Madinah (Great benefit for Muslims) 

  • 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.

  • Paid travel for all family members to their home country once a year.

Things that you should know if you are considering to work in the Middle East:

  • Attaining citizenship of those countries is almost impossible. 

  • You 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.

In the 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, and nurses.

 

The past few years has seen a huge influx of foreign workers, especially those working in the area of Information Technology (IT).

 

 

Dubai Jobs

 

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 years.

 

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 this arena.

 

Finding Jobs in the Middle East
There 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.

Gulf News 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.