Hi I'm in my mid 20s from Canada with some overseas solo travel under my belt in the last few years. I decided to set my next destination to the middle east and clearly Dubai is the tourist magnet in the area.
I'm a male and I work in the hotel industry, and my question is if Dubai is THE place to be for work? I know Abu Dhabi and Doha are also up and comers in the region
What is my best choice as a westerner who is a fairly new student of the Arabic language?
Dubai Dubai And Dubai else is boring and dry like a desert
Well talking about jobs in the middle east and a nice place to be in .. I guess Dubai will be a good place for you. Alot of forginers over there, shopping malls, transportaion, night life, and all what you want. the payments in Qatar might be slightly better, but there will be no entertinment like Dubai.
The thing which I dont like about Dubai it's too crowded !!! Abu Dhabi got less crowed and it's more easy to go around and move without having problems of the traffic.
I’ve been in Dubai for 2 years now and I definitely recommend it. I agree with Ray, it is crowded, but it is hastily becoming a sophisticated emerging job market for professional expats from all around the world. The Middle East in general is a viable option at this stage for all “career growth” seekers. As a matter of fact, a recent poll by Bayt.com shows that 46% of western expats have a high level of loyalty towards their employers in the Middle East. Good performance is highly appreciated and furthermore, rewarded here. You’re on the right track. Best of luck!
Dany, what industry do you work in and how much do you use Arabic in everyday life? English fluency is a strong requirement in all of the hotel job postings, but Arabic is described as not required but would be "an asset".
hey Neil, I work in customer service, so i do need quite a bit of arabic. luckily, I have arabic natives with me at work so they can deal with national customers. English is definitely a must wherever u go, it's a common language in the country... for arabic, u can register for classes.. plenty of schools are offering evening programs. you'll be fine, dont worry!!
Thanks a lot !! Next I'll have to come over for a visit to check things out some time during the winter
Anyone familiar with Doha?
Dubai has quite a lot of modern stuff to offer however if you think you are going to learn Arabian culture it may not be right place. But yes Dubai has a lot of modern stuff.
checkto some of the things you can do in DUbai.
Just went to Doha last month and found there wasn't much to do. In both Dubai and Doha, you may try the desert safari, if that is your thing. The malls are impressive, but you don't go visit a country for its malls. Food, yes, I enjoyed that. The cornische in Doha is a pretty sight, but not that impressive really. I mean it is not something that will set it apart from the rest. (I hope to publish my journal on Doha soon.)
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Is it popular to hire foreigners in IT industry? i'm from Malaysia..would like to try out working overseas if there's opportunity.
I was in Dubai 2 months ago, and I hated how I was treated. I’m American but I with dark skin so many people thought I was some kind of day labor. The working condition is very bad for people from India or Pakistan. I don’t how they will treat people from Canada. Good luck.
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My friend is in Dubai, and while it is a bit boring from a nightlife POV, there are a lot of foreign people there, and a place where he would recommend to work.
Hey, my family is living in Doha right now. I've been for a couple of long visits and I've really enjoyed it. For anyone in the hotel business I'd say it's certainly a good place to be. They are still really busy building 5* resorts and hotels (have a look at the pearl, doha). The night life probably isn't what you're used to but there are plenty of theatre events and if you want to go for a drink lots of private clubs or hotel bars.
There are lots of ExPats in Doha which means you can get almost everything you want there (except bacon 😞 though you can still get it if you ask the right people :P) it also means there are lots of activities in the weekend such as footbal (soccer) tournements, parties, and activities like the doha players (amateur theatre)
Thanks Ya Doha looks pretty intriguing epecially the education city, very unique stuff
Every city in the world has good and bad sides. Dubai is the most cosmopolitan city in the Middle East and I really can't compare any city in the Middle East to Dubai.
Dubai has the best roads, hotels, shops, clubs, you name it. Dubai is very well established as the entertainment city of the Gulf/middle-east. In addition to that there are other Major cities where you can drive to like Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Fujirah & RAK.
Each city is developing in high pace and things are improving. By Q4 Dubai Metro will be in service, so traffic wont be an issue anymore hopefully.
Not to forgot, Dubai is very well connected internationally as most of major airlines flys to Dubai (200 airline company) . You also got Emirates, Etihad, airarabia & Fly Dubai (June 09) so seats availability wont be an issue.
Abu Dhabi & Doha are nice, but can't be compared to Dubai at least for now.
Dubai is good city for job and also for travel, there is so many places for visits so you must go over there for job OR any purpose,
Here is two things Doha and Doha Tower, what you like to know about that,
Doha is the capital city of the state of Qatar. Located on the Persian Gulf, it had a population of 998,651 in 2008,, and is also one of the municipalities of Qatar. Doha is Qatar's largest city, with over 80% of the nation's population residing in Doha or its surrounding suburbs, and is also the economic centre of the country.
and the Doha Towers is a super-tall skyscraper with a roof height of 400 m (1,300 ft) (Spire height 437 m (1,430 ft)) under construction in Doha, Qatar. The estimated cost of Dubai Towers - Doha is 2.3 billion Qatari Riyal (US$620 million). When completed, the structure will be the tallest building in Qatar.
Located in the West Bay district of Doha, next to the Doha Corniche, the 84-story multi-use tower is being developed by Sama Dubai, formerly known as Dubai International Properties, the international real estate investment and development arm of Dubai Holding.
Go to Jordan or syria ! Stay away from Dubai
Hi sara n,
Can you explain me why stay away from Dubai, Because Dubai is best for travel and new adventures please suggest us Where To go and WHY ????????????