How To Find A Job In Dubai Without Any Prior Experience

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Life after college heralds the start of a new phase–finding a career. However, in this competitive job market, finding a job in Dubai is not an easy task, particularly if you are a freshman. With a focus on cost-cutting, several companies nowadays have started reducing entry-level jobs for fresh graduates, while demanding more responsibilities from them. Thus, college graduates are expected to be more job-ready than ever for their first day!

Such developments have definitely created a challenging situation for young people trying to get their dream jobs abroad. That being said, Dubai’s mature job market hasn’t made it any easier.

An old souk in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

It isn’t the developing city it was ten years ago, when the exotic Emirate was looking for anyone and everyone to help its booming job market.

But no worries, there are surefire ways to find a job in Dubai without any prior experience.

If you are looking for work in Dubai, here is a list of tips based on my personal experience that helped me find a job in Dubai. It is by no means a complete list, but is certain to help you in your quest to find a job a job in Dubai.

My 7 Tips On How to Find a Job in Dubai:

1. Identify the potential employer

Begin your job search by identifying prospective employers on the Internet. There are several online job portals, Free Zone websites, and the Dubai Yellow Pages to help you find listings of companies and their businesses. Popular job portals in the area are, and Monstergulf.

2. Verify details before choosing a company/employer

Once you have identified potential companies, verify the company’s details on Google to see if it is featured in international or national news. It helps you get an idea about the nature, scope, and size of the company. Moreover, if a company is always in the news for bad business practices, knowing this in advance will help you in the long run. Similarly, verify the company’s contact details, licensing, and trading activities to prevent being employed by an unethical company.

A sunrise over the bay and beaxh in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

You should be more alert if your prospective employer only has a Hotmail or Yahoo email address. Several legitimate companies in Dubai use these types of email addresses. However, I feel if any company does not care or cannot afford to get a registered web page or email address, that you should think twice before applying for a job with them.

3. Relying on Recruitment agents

If you want to contact recruitment agents to help you find a job in Dubai, I would recommend being extra cautious of any agents who ask for money for either a placement fee, documentation, or registration fees.

Such agents are undoubtedly unlicensed. Moreover, all major recruitment costs are always borne by the employer under the law. Some recruitment costs include job post advertising, medical examination fees, residency visa expenses, and labor deposits.

4. Customize your CV

Provide your prospective employers with an up-to-date resume/CV. It is advisable to customize your resume for different job roles and companies to make it a better fit.

An old street in Dubai, UAE. The shops look modern, but a rustic Arabian flair still hangs heavy in the air.

Provide all the important information in bullet points to make it readable, since most employers will only scan your resume for relevant details at first. Overall, try to keep the information in your CV accurate and brief, listing your achievements and percentage growth contribution.

5. Apply online

Several companies include “Career” links to their website to allow job seekers find job openings. Before applying, make sure your qualification and skill sets match the job requirement. Keep a record of the companies and job roles you have applied for–this will help you follow up with them on a weekly basis.

6. Widen your Social network

As a young graduate, do not be shy to ask for assistance from your friends, alumni, family, and other people in your social network to help you find a job in Dubai. Career networking plays a crucial role in finding a new job. Hence, create your profile on reputed social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. This will help you connect with professional individuals and groups in Dubai. It will also enhance your visibility to potential employers.

Dubai city panorama with a dusty atmosphere

Moreover, employers nowadays are increasingly using these networking sites to find their future employees by heavily advertising their open positions.

7. Know your earning potential

So as not to get disappointed with your job search in Dubai, it is vital to analyze your earning potential. There are several online salaries platforms such as which will let you check the average salary for any freshman job commensurate with your qualifications and industry. This will help you in accepting the right job offer. The actual package, however, depends on the size of the company, the business of the employer, and your negotiation skills.

Anyone looking to find a job in Dubai should also be aware of its distinct geo-location and tax advantages. The small Emirate is located only hours away from Europe, Africa, and Asia. You can easily find great weekend deals to places like Thailand or the UK, since Dubai is a major airport hub.

The busy Terminal 2 at the Dubai International Airport in Dubai, UAE.

If that isn’t enough to convince you, then knowing your salary is non-taxable may do the trick. Dubai imposes no income taxes on money you earn and is very affordable. You keep your entire paycheck, which helps you save for future travels,  and are typically provided top-class medical insurance.

If you are looking to work in one of the most exotic Emirates in the world, I highly recommend you look for a job in Dubai.

You will experience an eclectic mix of entertainment and Arabian culture, all the while working in world-renowned establishments which have made Dubai a business hub.

So, start your job search now for a brighter career waiting for you in beautiful Dubai!
A few additional resources you may be interested in:

Have you thought about working in the United Arab Emirates? Do you have any other tips for someone looking to find a job in Dubai?


Author : Swati Srivastava is an avid writer with a keen interest in the extensive domain of job search and career counselling. Her articles are published on several reputed job search portals and online career magazines.

Photographs used under Creative Commons licenses: Thamer Al Hassan, Paolo Margari, AD Teasedale, Elmar Bajora, tmlvngs, James Chan.

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39 comments on “How To Find A Job In Dubai Without Any Prior Experience

  1. I am Laraib, from NYC. I am a recent law school grad and have been looking for a position in the Middle East, preferably in Dubai. I have applied via several websites with no luck; if there are any good recruiters anyone can recommend it would be greatly appreciated.


    1. Laraib, I applied from outside with some serious credentials without lucky. I only got tons of calls and offers once I was IN the country. These countries want you to present and available to start right away. Why negotiate with you now when they have a pool of readily available candidates living there?

  2. Hello I am a graduate architect with an in Architecture.. will like to work in dubai as an entry level architect. What are the chances please. I am currently based in nigeria.thanks

  3. Sir am going to be an MBBS holder by next year. Need a job before my residency application I really do have Dubai in mind. What kind of job do u think I should apply for? Thank you so much looking forward to your reply!

  4. Hello sir,
    I am fresh graduate with a Bachelors degee in Earth Science. majored in Engineering Geology, i have done intenships in oil companies and in land commissions…I would be relocating to dubai with my husband. I will be glad to hear from you via my email.

    1. Hi Joan, I recommend you check out the link in the article, it is a job portal for all types of work. Naukrigulf lists jobs, but they are not a recruiter, so it’s a good way to find out what’s out there. I would also research local recruiters, since its the best way to get jobs from outside the country. The best way to find a job in Dubai, or any GCC country for that matter, is to actually BE in that country. You could land a job very quickly in that case.

  5. Hi sir, i’m a cameroonian by name Anieka Elvis wishing to come and search for a job in dubai in my field of study. Without any experience sir, i’m a holder of a Master degree in plant biology and i wish to know if i can can be granted an opportunity to have a good job in Dubai in my field of study or any other good job. Thanks for your kind reception and i will be waiting forward for your kind reply

  6. sir I am 3 year diploma holder in electrical associate engineer but I have no experience.and I need a job.please help me to find a job in relevant field.

  7. Hiii
    Thanks for the info, very helpful, I was just wondering if you know by any chance whats the salary average for waiter/bartender/receptionist i.e.

  8. MBA with 2 years of experience in CSR and sales field.
    now i want to head to dubai immediately.
    tried a lot in naukrigulf,, but no response is coming.
    please help me in finding a right job on immediate basis please.
    i will be so thankful to you sir

    1. Sumbal, you have to keep trying, my friend. I would also recommend you use a professional CV service, as sometimes it isn’t your qualifications, but the way your CV is written that may not appeal to recruiters or employers.

      1. sir I am National diploma holder in office technology and management with 5years plus experience.and I need a job.please help me to find a job in relevant field.

  9. hi, i am in Mechanical with 1.5 years of experience in fire safety in india.
    further i did MBA in marketing and HRM and have 1.5 years of experience in sales field.
    now i want to head to dubai immediately.
    tried a lot in naukrigulf,, but no response is coming.
    i have to reach dubai and start working in march.
    please help me in finding a right job on immediate basis please.
    i will be so thankful to you sir.

  10. Hi…i wish to apply a job in dubai…i am a nursing graduate…and also had a caregiver training currently working here in hongkong as a caregiver..i hope you can help me..thank you.

  11. Hi.

    I am a South African resident. I studied a accounting degree. I have just finished my exams and am awaiting my results. Please advise me on the availability of entry level jobs and how to find a job in my field of study. I’m also considering working in the banking sector, and I would like to know if there are any entry level jobs available in the banking sector.

  12. Found this site expatconnect where you can build connections with expats of Dubai. Aside from discussions when joining forums, they even do meet-ups to help other expats knows how to deal with Dubai locals and have a comfy stay in UAE.

  13. Hello ,getting a job is every young man’s ambition but for my case its even more serious I have just finished my degree and no field experience at all. please help me

  14. Am a trained teacher , in economics.. Would love to teach over there.. Can also teach Nigeria or African cultures too..that is a plus I guess..will love to relocate with my wife.. Will be glad to read from u via my email.

    1. Caroline, they also make plenty of exceptions. I would contact a few recruiters and ask if they are willing to compromise. If you know other languages, or can teach other subjects, it may appeal to them even more.

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