A recruiters view on relocating to Dubai (Commitment)


A recruiter is looking for your commitment. So is the client. It will cost approx. £5000 to expatriate you, so any sign that you are not 100% sure will result in a rejection. You will not get to the interview stage as it is the Recruiter’s reputation that is at risk. You will have to show that you have done your research, already looked into relocation and its issues. Give the Recruiter confidence by detailing what you have done so far / planning to do, eg. Renting your house etc.

When it comes to the interviews, these may be done out of office hours or on a Sunday due to the difference in the working week in Dubai. You need to be available at short notice for interviews and also be prepared to demonstrate your commitment by attending interviews in the UK or indeed Dubai.

It goes without saying that if you are fortunate enough to be offered a role in Dubai, make sure you go! Each employer spends on average £5000 to get you there.

Finally, before you go, don’t take the kitchen sink, Dubai does have one or two shops you know. Remember you are a guest in their country, therefore be respectful and do not go there to party and get drunk or your stay may be very shortlived (or very long depending on what you get up to..)


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4 Responses to “A recruiters view on relocating to Dubai (Commitment)”

  1. Barkri Says:

    The decision to relocate means a lot of homework and a stressful upheaval for businesses large and small.

    For SME’s in particular, there are many issues that need to be considered before taking the plunge to relocate.

    With this in mind, here are 10 steps to successful moving for the SME market:

    1. Ask yourself why your company wants to move: will it really help push your business forward or is it an excuse to ignore problems that you could solve and

    stay where you are?

    2. Where do you want to move to? Base your decision on sound business reasons.

    3. Conduct a cost-benefit analysis: is all the effort really worth it and over what time frame?

    4. Do you know enough about Britain’s regions, property, staff availability and legal issues to do all or part of the process yourself? If you have relocated before, can

    learn from the experience? If not you need outside help from the Association of Relocation Professionals.

    5. Make sure that you, or some of your team, check out potential sites and properties rather than basing your decision on ‘paper based’ credentials. Decide if you

    will lease, rent or buy and factor in these costs.

    6. Familiarise yourself with the potential labour market. Can you recruit people at the right salary and will you need to train people?

    7. Of your staff, who will stay and who will go? Do you (and your company) understand the legal issues?

    8. Dealing with the 3 ‘Rs’ can be tough: keep an eye on redundancies, recruitment (at the new office) and retention (of some staff until the old office closes).

    9. Don’t forget the PR: bad press is bad for your image

    10. Don’t underestimate how long this process will take: less than 6 months is a miracle (or a costly mess).


  2. Samuel Peterson Says:

    Thanks for the your all suggestion & advices, its really helpful.

  3. munir Says:

    I appreciate your comments. You are correct, there is a lot to consider and sometimes people make a move without thinking it through.

  4. munir Says:

    Samuel, thanks for your kind words. If you are planning on moving to Dubai then really do your research before you go.

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