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    1. Tax Laws: There is no income tax in Dubai. What you earn is what you take home.
    2. Money Transfer: Transferring money from Dubai to India does not attract any income tax. The only thing you have to pay is the transfer fee, and that too can be taken care of, depending on your bank.
    3. Passport: Your passport remains with you. Unlike the 80s & 90s, employers DO NOT confiscate your passport.
    4. Visa Process: The visa process for Dubai is quite simple and hassle-free. We can assure you, it will be better than your experience at the Indian Passport office. In case you are married or want to take dependents (wife, kids, parents, etc), you will have to apply for their visas as well. If the required documents are available with you, the visa process won’t be much of a hassle.
    5. Distance By Air: Traveling to Dubai is as good as traveling from Mumbai to Kolkata or Delhi to Chennai! In case of an emergency, you can be back in India in 2.5 to 3 hrs. And yes, most companies give one return-ticket in a year to your home town (two for senior level positions).
    6. Expenses: For someone going alone, it is possible to live an upper-middle class life for AED 6500. This includes cost for rent, petrol, car, water, electricity, phone, internet, food, and groceries. In case of family/dependents, you can add AED 2000 for each person. Labor is cheap and you can hire a maid too for household chores.
    7. Housing: There are many good residential areas in Dubai, especially Al Karama, which houses a lot of Indians. Depending on the area in Dubai, a 1BHK can be rented anywhere between 3000 AED to 5000 AED, a 2BHK can be rented between 5000 AED to 8000 AED, and a 3BHK can be rented between 8000 AED to 12000 AED. You can also buy property in Dubai, and it could be a good place to invest.
    8. Schooling: Dubai has many good schools that offer quality education and have excellent facilities. Some schools also offer Indian curricula.
    9. Clothing: Dubai is quite modern amongst the Emirates and females are not expected to wear a burqa (unless visiting a mosque). In fact, many female expats and quite a few local ones are dressed in modern outfits such as jeans, skirts, t-shirts, and even singlets.
    10. Entertainment: Dubai has a vibrant nightlife and options include clubs, lounges,high-end restaurants, and theatres showing latest Hollywood/Bollywood flicks. It is a myth that alcohol is is banned in Dubai. While there are practically no wine shops, you can go to a club/hotel/restaurant for some beer, wine, vodka, etc. Dubai is also known for its no-nonsense attitude towards narcotics, so it is advisable not to do anything naughty in that regard or you might land up in big trouble.
    11. Language: Dubai has a huge number of expats from the sub-continent, which means there is no language barrier, especially for dependents. For Indians, Dubai seems home away from home, since one can easily find people who speak English, Hindi, Gujarati, Malayalam, etc.
    12. Commuting: Dubai has a great infrastructure and good connectivity with the other Emirates. Many Indian expats who work in Dubai prefer to stay in Sharjah (relatively cheaper rents) and then enjoy a scenic commute. In addition, the public transport is quite reliable. The Dubai Metro is the world’s longest fully automated metro network (75km), and the bus service is very good. Carpooling is quite trendy too in Dubai, and once in a while you can hail a cab (a slightly expensive option).
    13. Cars: Dubai is a great city to own cars, thanks to awesome roads and ample parking spaces (in most areas). It is easy to get a decent pre-owned SUV for around 500 AED per month. In fact, you can even get an entry-level BMW or a sports car, if you are earning more than 8000 AED. And yes, petrol is quite cheap.
    14. Food Options: If culture is equal to food, then Dubai can be called the apt melting pot! Probably one of the only places that offers affordable food from all corners of the globes, Dubai allows you to enjoy all major cuisines. Nearly all F&B chains and QSR (quick service restaurants) are present in Dubai, right from McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, etc to Indian brands and outlets such as Bikaner, Makhan Bhogs, Udipis (Sukh Sagar), Tibbs, etc.
    15. Security: Dubai is one of the safest cities in the world, and is much safer than say, Mumbai or Bangalore. A bunch of girls can easily go out in the night without worrying a lot about safety. Dubai is one of those cities that respects women.
    16. Religion: In addition to some beautiful mosques, there are churches in Dubai too. It also has a Hindu temple and a gurudwara. Being highly cosmopolitan, people from all religions live cordially.
    17. People: A majority of the expats are from the sub-continent (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) and GCC countries. The locals, called as Emiratis, are a friendly bunch and usually prefer to stay to themselves. But they do interact with expats professionally.
    18. Tourist Places: Dubai has many tourist places, and offers you a varied experience, right from desert safaris, water parks, beaches, art, architecture, etc. Amongst other things, it has the tallest building in the world, the largest shopping centre, the tallest residential building, the tallest hotel, and the world’s largest indoor ski resort!
    19. Shopping: Dubai has many malls, including one of the world’s largest (a bigger one is under construction). There are many supermarkets too that offer an international experience whether you are buying groceries or home furnishings. It is also home to Dragon Mart, which is a mall in the shape of a dragon with nearly 4000 shops offering a variety of inexpensive Chinese products.
    20. Medical Expenses: Employers in Dubai have to compulsorily offer medical insurance. Also, the last few years has seen great development in medical infrastructure in Dubai.
    21. Holidays: Most companies follow the UAE holiday list, and work on Sundays and have weekly offs on Friday and Saturday. Depending on the company, you can adjust your leaves (expats are entitled 30 in a year) for certain holidays. Unlike India, where there is a culture of staying late at work, most people in Dubai are in the office for eight to nine hours only.
    22. Fines: The big downside about Dubai is the fines. Littering or spitting can get you into trouble, and Dubai is quite apt when it comes to implementation of such laws. That is what keeps the city clean and safe!

  • We are into this industry since last 12 years established in year 2006. We have a strong expert Backend team who is always in support for the service to the candidates with the relevant vacancies. We are the best service provider in the industry for Gulf countries. There is no third party involved with us, we provide direct vacancies to the candidate what we are getting from the top companies. Till date we have more then 1500+ companies who are involved with us.


    • AGJ is providing the legal receipt of the registration amount to the candidate for the services what they are availing from AGJ.
    • We are providing the services like:
      • Resume formatting in an international level,
      • We provide them the orientation session,
      • Mock interview practice.
      • Interview preparations.
      • Grooming session
      • Personality development programs
      • Strong backoffice support in providing relevant vacancies on daily basis through email.
      • We schedule walk-in interviews across the India

  • Expatriates can renew their labor cards / work permit up to the age of 65. The renewal is yearly instead of three-yearly over the age of 60. Previously the age limit was 60, or 65 for the following professions: engineers, doctors, university professors, accountants and auditors, laboratory and electronic equipment technicians, specialists in privately-owned oil companies, specialists in the media, lawyers, translators, and consultants in all fields or other professions agreed on by the undersecretary of labor or the assistant undersecretary.


  • Your chance of being selected as the most suitable candidate for any vacancy solely depends on the contents of your CV. The closer your qualifications and experience match the employers' requirements, the better your chances. Keep in mind that the candidate with the highest qualifications does not necessarily meet the exact requirements for a specific vacancy. A candidate can apply for any profile or job interview, but the selection will be based on company’s requirements and the decision of the company will be final.


  • Due to the variation in salaries between the countries and even between employers, no exact indication of a salary can be provided. Your age, experience, qualifications, skills and even your country of origin, play a role in the salary offered. But salaries in these countries are the highest in the world. When taken into account that your employer pays for your accommodation, air tickets, transport, and medical and the fact that no income tax is payable, you could expect a salary much, much higher than what you could earn in your country of origin or in any other country in the world


  • Yes, it I possible tosend money home by electronic transfer, either through a bank or a transfer agency. I t normally takes two working days to have the money transferred into your home account. Transfer costs depends on the facility used, banks are generally more costly than transfer agencies.


  • Compared to most countries the cost of living is not much higher in both the UAE and Saudi Arabia. When earning a reasonable salary, you should be able to save the largest portion of your salary. Keep in mind that the employer pays for everything, all you normally have to spend, is your food and clothing..


  • In most cases there are no costs involved as the employer pays for your air tickets and visa. On some occasions you might have to pay for your medical examination.


  • Vacancies in most fields of employment are frequently, , available. Due to the extremely high advertising costs, it is not practical to advertise all vacancies. Even on our website only senior vacancies are advertised. Keep in mind that even if a specific vacancy in your field is not available at a given moment, it might become available within days or one of our associates maycontact you if he has the vacancy you are looking for.


  • Work contracts generally cover a two-year period, but exceptions do exist. Almost all health related contracts are one-year contracts. In the IT field, contracts can even be shorter than one year. You could work in these countries as long as you like, but contract then has to be renewed when it expires. In almost all cases the employers prefer employees who are prepared to work at their company for longer periods. Although you could work in the UAE and Saudi Arabia for many years, you can never become a citizen of these countries.


  • The UAE recently changed their age requirements. When over fifty, it will be very difficult to be employed. If an employee is urgently required (e.g. a scarce medical specialist) the employer will have to motivate the appointment. When already working there, a person can stay on after turning fifty, normally up to the age of fifty- five. In Saudi Arabia no age restriction applies. Still, it is important to note that finding employment for people over fifty is quite difficult. In the end the employer will decide.


  • You can resign at any time. If you resign, your employer is not obliged to pay your air ticket to your home. It is very important to note that no employee can resign and start working with another company. At resignation your visa is terminated. You thus have to leave the country and you can only return for a new contract after the whole term of the contract you resigned from, expired. The exception to the rule is that if your employer is prepared to issue you with a "Letter of no Objection", you may start working for a new employer immediately. Such a letter will rarely be issued.


  • The Arabian world is most certainly very different from what we are used to. In general employees are treated well..


  • Two types of work contracts exist, namely Married Status and Single/Bachelor Status. The status of a contract is directly related to the seniority of the position. In general less than ten percent of all contracts are Married Status contracts. This implies that the changes of taking family with when going to work in these countries depend on your position. Medical doctors, senior engineers and other executives will normally be awarded a Married Status contract. In practice, employees would approach their employer after working for a few months, requesting permission for the family to join the employee. Permission might be granted, but on the condition that the employee carry all costs. The best time to negotiate a Married Status contract is when your contract is up for renewal.


  • A Married Status contract includes the whole family. The employer is paying for suitable family accommodation, air tickets, medical cover and normally school fees. A Bachelor/Single status contract includes the employee only.


  • Due to the cosmopolitan nature of the workforce, schools for almost every nationality can be found in most of the cities. Two types of private English schools exist, firstly those following the British curriculum and secondly those following the American curriculum.


  • Family can of course visit. It is quite a long process to arrange such a visit to Saudi Arabia (up to three months), but a visit to the UAE (Dubai) can be arranged within a few days. For employees in Saudi Arabia, it is advised to meet their families in Dubai. It is easier to arrange and also much cheaper.


  • The employer will always provide transport. It could be a vehicle allocated to you (depending on the seniority of your position) or company transport to and back from work by bus.


  • Your visa acts as your work permit. No work permit is required.


  • Crime is a rare phenomenon. The most important reasons are, firstly, anybody found committing a crime is deported immediately. Secondly, every foreigner in these countries is either an employee or a visitor, meaning that unemployment does not really exist. Everybody thus have a job, a salary and a place to live. Thirdly, severe punishment is imposed on local people for committing crime. These are some of few countries where a female is safe to walk in the streets alone, even in the evenings, without the fear of being bothered.


  • Both the UAE and Saudi Arabia are rich and developed countries, the UAE the more modern of the two. Cities are large with large shopping centers. Most items available in your own country are also available wherever you live in these countries.


  • Due to the fact that the employer provides for everything, all you need to take is your clothes and personal stuff.


  • Any employee can buy and drive a car in the UAE. In Saudi Arabia females are not allowed to drive at all.


  • Both countries are very hot, even in winter.


  • If an employee wishes to transfer employment with another company operating within the same FZ, they can do so without labour bans or formal labour transfer process as their official labour sponsor is still the same – the FZ authority. The picture gets a little complicated when the move is to another company operating outside of the current FZ. It’s best to consult with relevant FZ authorities before leaving your current sponsor.


  • Although you would presumably have already sent a copy – via fax or email – of your updated CV/resume to the employer or recruitment agency requesting an interview, it’s always best to bring with you a hard copy when you report for your schedule. Coming prepared helps to createan excellent first impression. In addition, having the following on hand would be helpful:

    • Duly attested original transcript of records. Although this is not necessarily required yet at this point, having your attested documents handy is important especially in walk-in interviews for positions advertised as being for immediate hiring, for obvious reasons.
    • Your portfolio. This especially applies to those seeking advertising, marketing and other creative jobs in Dubai and the UAE. It may be more practical to bring an electronic copy of your portfolio, either on a CD or a flash drive as these things tend to be bulky.

  • Besides the suggested documents to bring to an interview, you would need the following once you get hired:

    • Your International Passport.
    • All relevant educational documents.
    • Your international driver’s license, if you have one;
    • Your marriage certificate if you are a husband/father and intend to bring your family over;
    • Your credit card and bank account details.

  • Consistent with provisions of the Sharia Law, all assets of a deceased expatriate is frozen and held by the State as soon as the death is made public. All assets mean real or personal assets – from cash in UAE bank accounts, cars registered in the deceased’s name and every other property. The surviving spouse (widow or widower) or any other qualified heir, must then file a petition with the court for the release of the assets. The court then decides on the petition based on merits. In other words, there is no guarantee that your assets will be released to the petitioner.


  • Congratulations! Discussing the details of your prospective employment helps you decide whether to finally accept the job offer or not. Therefore, you need to be sure you’re fully satisfied with everything included in the offer. Make specific enquiries on the following:

    • Your contract type and basic salary, as these are bases for gratuity pay and/or other benefits.
    • Probationary period and entitlement to specific benefits;
    • Accommodation and transportation. Companies would usually provide allowances to cover both but in some cases, accommodation and transportation facilities are provided for. For non-managerial positions, these benefits are usually shared – accommodation in staff houses and company vehicles chauffeured by company drivers would pick up employees to and from specific drop-off points. If a car comes with the position, you’d like to know if regular maintenance, gas and other relevant costs will be shouldered by the company.
    • Other benefits are included in your compensation package?
    • Job details – your job description and/or task list, work hours, etc.
    • Uniform requirements and associated costs.
    • Annual holidays – company policies pertaining to annual holiday schedule, notice and airfares. (Some companies pay for roundtrip tickets to and from your home country; others may include free airfare for your family as well).

  • It is recommended for you to maintain a UAE account with the same bank and branch as your employer. As most businesses pay their employees via electronic funds transfer, you want to avoid the transaction costs associated with international branch transfers and the clearing period. International fund transfers are charged at roughly AED 40 per transfer and may take 2-3 banking days for the amount to be credited to the recipient account. If you maintain an account with the same bank and branch as your employer, your salary will be credited to your account on the dame date your employer makes the transfer and at no added cost.


  • Obtaining a credit card in the UAE is relatively easy. All persons employed and maintaining a UAE bank account are eligible for credit lines with various banks. If you’d like one, all you need to be is call your bank. They’d usually send a representative to your office or place of work to assist you with the required paperwork. In some cases, a credit card application is filed concurrently with the paperwork for opening an account in your name. If you’d like a credit card from another bank, you can simply call them and they’d send in a representative just the same.


  • You don’t necessarily have to but you may find it very inconvenient without one. Non-routine transactions such as negotiating a property lease or rental payments for your accommodations, require issuance of post-dated cheques (PDCs). Dubai property owners require PDCs to be issued for rental payments covering at least the next 12 months on top of the initial deposit. Hiring or purchasing cars also usually involve PDCs.


  • Post-dated cheques are the preferred mode of payment by Dubai lenders, be that a private property owner granting you a lease or a bank granting you a loan. This is because the Sharia Law specifically states no one can be compelled to pay debt. PDCs insure the lender’s right to repayment of debts owed to them under UAE laws pertaining to fraud. A cheque stamped DAIF (drawn against insufficient funds) is enough evidence for a case of fraud to be filed against you. Your creditor can bring a DAIF cheque to the police and have you arrested for fraud. On top of this, banks charge stiff penalties of up to AED 200 for every cheque that fails to clear.


  • As this is a matter of personal decision, bear the following in mind when considering keeping your savings in the UAE:

    • Your UAE assets are used to cover any outstanding UAE obligations. Your bank can seize your assets, or freeze your account if you default on any payments until the issue is fully settled or the debt repaid;
    • Your UAE assets will automatically revert to State control and administration in the event of your debt and will be inaccessible by any family member until the State has released it to an heir;
    • Foreign exchange rates fluctuate. You may want to keep your funds in AED, USD, your home country’s currency or in any other currency to minimize transaction losses. Also, moving funds off-shore, meaning outside of the country, has corresponding transaction charges.
    • Moving large sums of money from the Middle East raise suspicions of fraud, especially in countries with anti-money laundering laws.

  • Dubai fashion is interestingly a showcase of everything the world has to offer. It is common to see Arab women in their aabaya and Arab men in their kondura. Indian women go out in their colorful sari and of course, the Western residents and everyone else, can usually dress as they please. It is not unusual to see women wearing short skirts or plunging necklines. Note however, that in some instances, the police may apprehend women who are deemed to be dressed inappropriately. There are no hard and fast rules in Dubai about what is and what’s not with respect to clothes. For a Muslim territory, Dubai is fairly liberal with public attire, especially for women. However, it pays to remember that fact – that it is a Muslim territory and that you are in a Muslim country – whilst you are in town. As for the other Emirates like Sharjah, their rulers are strict about public dress codes and the general rule is for women to wear skirts that fall at least below their knees. Disregarding these rules is taken as a blatant disrespect for the Muslim culture and can earn you some jail time on top of hefty fines. In addition, the holy month of Ramaddan merits special care and consideration, attire-wise. The general rule during Ramaddan for all Emirates, including Dubai, is for people, especially women, to dress conservatively. This means pick your outfits such that you’ll have unexposed legs or shoulders.


  • Contrary to the trend in the West where everyday is now Friday/wash day, most Dubai business people report to work dressed in formal business suits, complete with jackets and ties. Most businesses also demand this, especially those located in central business areas such as those in Sheikh Zayed Road. However, some organizations with no formal dress codes allow employees to report to work dressed in business casual attires. If you are reporting to an interview, it’s best to dress smartly (or traditionally), with jackets and ties. When you get hired, ask you office manager, or HR director of your organization’s guidelines for work attire.


  • Most prescription medications are available in the UAE although some brands may not. There are a lot of local brand names for popular prescription drugs. If you are on medication, bring a recent prescription with you showing a generic name. This should help a local pharmacist locate your medications, in case your brand is unavailable. Some over-the-counter drugs are banned from Gulf countries, including the UAE. Check this list of controlled drugs.


  • For a Muslim territory, there is a fair amount of religious freedom in Dubai and people are free to practice their own faith. There are a number of churches and places of worship in Dubai although these may be located in less conspicuous places than mosques. Consistent with Muslim holidays and for obvious practical reasons, most church services are performed on Fridays, not Sundays.


  • Dubai’s work force is divided into two, for purposes of determining holiday benefits. There are private sector holidays and these are observed by employees of private businesses; there are public sector holidays and these are observed by employees in various government offices, the military, police and banks. Holidays observed as public holidays are for both private and public sectors.


    • All Islamic holidays
    • UAE National Day
    • New Year’s Day (January 1st)


  • Besides the official public holidays, Christian holidays, specifically Christmas and Easter, and Hindu holidays and festivals are not officially observed. However, owing to fairly large non-Muslim staff, most businesses make allowances and allow employees to attend church services or even celebrate at work if any of these holidays fall on a regular work day. This is purely discretionary. Not every employer does this service to their employees.


  • During the entire month when the Muslim world observes Ramaddan, everyone – Muslim or not, resident or tourist, foreigner or local, are required to observe the fast, at least publicly, for non-Muslims. The fast is in effect from sunrise to sunset, and most restaurants are closed during the day. They open to serve meals after sunset and stay open all night and close doors just before sunrise. Bars may stay open although loud or live music or performances is prohibited. Hotel restaurants stay open during the day to serve tourists but are screened off from public view. Business is slow during Ramaddan, as most non-Muslim managers and even some staff take their annual holidays at this time of the year. Business hours are shortened, usually only six hours a day for most businesses. Stores and shops open late afternoon through late evening.


  • No, it doesn’t. Publically, you may not eat, drink or smoke.. But you may do so in private. Even at work, prudence is suggested. Your co-workers or colleagues who are Muslims may take offence for blatant display of such prohibited acts. In Dubai, if you forget and pop a cigarette or take a drink in public, you may either be reminded by anyone in sight or the police, or you could get arrested. Muslims failing to observe the fast and are caught face severe punishment.


  • No, it’s not a practical option. Furniture and appliances are very cheap in the UAE. And all the appliances found in the West are available in Dubai. Buying them locally or even leasing some, is a far more practical approach to furnishing your new home.


  • No, it isn’t. Cars, rentals or new purchases are cheap. A huge selection of makes and models are available in the UAE, even for most luxury car brands. Again, sourcing your vehicle locally is a more practical route.


  • Yes, pets may be brought in to the UAE with the proper paperwork. You (as the owner) must apply for an import permit with the Department of Agriculture and Quarantine. The permit authorizes the corresponding office in your home country to export your pet to the UAE. The permit also contains the conditions for import/export. These conditions vary, depending on the animal types and the originating country.+


  • Besides making living possible in Dubai during the hot summer months, here are a few AC-friendly reminders:

    • Your spectacles (eyeglasses) mist up when moving to and from a cold room or environment.
    • If you’re wearing contacts, bring your fluid with you. Prolonged exposure to an AC-cold room dries your eyes up.
    • Too much indoor humidity can damage some of your things – leather items to develop moulds; wine corks, cigars and cigarettes drying up and may even damage your furniture.
    • Prolonged exposure to an AC can cause nose bleeds or breathing problems especially in children.
    • Make sure your AC’s vents and your ductwork is clean. Bacteria and other unhealthy elements can stock up in these nooks and crooks and get into your lungs.
    • If you have a choice, pick split units over centralized ACs. With a centralized AC, when someone in the house gets sick, everyone inevitably follows.

  • Article 87 specifically provides for a maximum of 30 unpaid days for Muslims who wish to do their pilgrimage to Mecca. This provision applies to all Muslims employed in the UAE, whether you’re a UAE national or not. The leave for Haj does not, in any way, affect your entitlement to other leave benefits.


  • Each company in the UAE has a public relations officer (PRO) who is in charge of processing all employee-related paperwork with various government offices. With recent legislation, this position is now mandated to be held by an Emirati (referred to as a local), or a UAE citizen.