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Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by jidezubair: 6:53am On Dec 29, 2014
I have had to speak to a lot of friends and even family members, who either wanted to relocate to the UAE or were already here, and I think I should put an article out to address this issue, perhaps some other people can benefit from it. I have also come across a lot of adverts on Facebook asking people who want to get jobs in UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and other countries in the Gulf to contact them. Therefore, it seems the Gulf Countries are becoming the new “greener pastures” for Nigerians (and Africans at large). I will try my best possible to cover the aspects of cost, visa and jobs as commonly related to this kind of “arrangement.” However, everyone reading this must know that, this is my personal opinion and it’s no blueprint of some sort.

This article is not for those who got white-collar jobs with organisations directly because of their skill-set and previous job experiences nor those who came into UAE for vacation and were lucky to secure an interview and got a decent professional job in the process. This article is for those who are still back home and are planning to resign from their jobs, and/or raise some money and relocate to UAE in search of a “better opportunity.” Some of the questions such persons need to ask themselves are: Why do I want to leave Nigeria for the UAE? What is the employment outlook and philosophy there? What are the opportunities besides regular white-collar job? How soon can I get a job? What is the cost of pursuing this? What is the forgone alternative for the money I want to invest in this project? What kind of visa(s) does the UAE give visitors? How do I obtain one? And what is the validity of the visa(s)?

I must confess, UAE is a great place to live. The environment is not hostile. The infrastructure (road, electricity, telecommunication and entertainment etc.) is one of the best in the world. And its economy has been showing significant growth in the last four years. Therefore, if you have a decent job with a decent pay, it is a very good place to be. However, if you just want to leave Nigeria at all cost and travel down here to come and look for a job, you must consider these three issues – cost, visa and jobs.

COST

This adventure will cost you somewhere around NGN500,000 (it could be a bit less than that) and this is the breakdown. If you did not have an international passport yet, you would have to spend about NGN15,000 to procure one. A two-month visa should cost you around $800 (NGN132,024). A return ticket of about NGN100,000 (depending on airline and season of the year) and a bed-space of about $150 (NGN24,755) per month or more depending on location and level of comfort you desire. The rest of the money will be for running around, feeding, general upkeep and miscellaneous.

VISA

Visas in this region are sponsored by companies/businesses (directly) or relatives (indirectly). For example, if you want to come here for vacation, you have to have an agent process a visa for you as a business-tourist or have a family member who lives here do a visit visa for you (generally valid for two weeks or a month). The one month visas are mostly extendable for another month and this is the type most people coming here to look for job opportunities come in with. When your two-month legitimate stay elapses, every extra day spent after that attracts fine – 200dhs ($54.45 or NGN8,986) for the first day and 100dhs ($27.22 or NGN4,500) for each consecutive day.

Now you have your visa and you are ready to fly.

JOBS

Let’s clear the divine aspect of it. God’s plans for us all are different. You can land in the UAE and get a good job within few days, but this is not mostly the case. Therefore, let’s talk about the ideal scenario. If the company or person promising you job(s) in UAE didn’t get you the job before you leave Nigeria, you would have to come and personally look for one here. If you are lucky to have a laptop computer and Wi-Fi in your residence, this means you wouldn’t have to be frequenting cyber café to apply for jobs online. This saves you some cost. Otherwise, you would have to take your job-hunting to the cyber café (there is a cost attached to that).

Notable websites to look for job are http://www.gulftalent.com, http://www.indeed.ae, http://www.monstergulf.com, http://www.bayt.com and so on.

Just like everywhere else in the world, the job-market philosophy is to hire people with requisite experience. And in the Gulf, they take it further. The preferred candidates are the ones with gulf-experience. Therefore, your resume might not get deserved attention without the “requisite experience” and “gulf-experience.” That means little or no interviews. Remember, you have a maximum of two months to secure a job. By the second month, desperation might start to set in and people would start telling you about some “jobs” you can take up as starter. The typical jobs available (as stater) are security personnel positions, facility management positions (cleaning jobs), sales representatives in malls, service guy in coffee shops and so on. And you might have to work a 12-hour rotation. These jobs are not particularly bad, someone has to do them.

The problem is that, the structure of this economy does not allow you to have several jobs like in the West (UK, America, Canada and so on). You only serve a master (employer) here. If you want to joggle between two or several jobs, you would need to get a “No Objection Certificate” (NOC) from your employer to permit you work (at your free time) with another employer. This is almost impossible. And our remuneration here is mostly salary and not wages.

Let’s say you took up any of these jobs for example; the salary is going to be between 1,000dhs (NGN44,927) and 1,800dhs (NGN81,025) per month. You would be given accommodation and transportation. If you are a very frugal person, you might be able to save a couple of hundreds of dirhams per month. And that is fine. However, I don’t see you changing career path so easily. What is common here career-wise, is that, one is most likely to always get the subsequent jobs in the same field he/she started with and I believe this is how it is everywhere. Except on rare occasions. Employers want to leverage on your previous experience and are not willing nor ready to train (I guess that is how it is in most places anyway). They want people who can hit the ground running immediately they are employed.

Therefore, before you take the plunge, ask questions and do the necessary research so that you are well prepared for the eventualities ahead.

PS: THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON MY BLOG (jidezubair.wordpress.com) ON THE 21/10/2014, I BROUGHT IT HERE TO SHARE WITH A BROADER AUDIENCE.

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Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by Nobody: 6:59am On Dec 29, 2014
Not a candidate but u actually did a good summary.. Big-ups bro..

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Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by managermahmud: 7:08am On Dec 29, 2014
Good piece of write up..
There is something that we Nigerians fail to understand. U'll meet most of the youths huzlin to travel out to go and huzle without knowing that when they travel out, that effort they make to huzle, wen they apply same effort her in Nigeria, they'll make same or even more profit sef.
Now wen they succeed in travling out and exhibit same lazy attitude whch they already exhibit here in Nigeria, they'll be forced to go into drug trafficking where they think they'll make shap shap money, without still knowing that the risk in such 'business' is far greater than d fuccking profit... It'll then end 98% of them in prison, they'll then be calling for help to serve their jail term in Nigeria(Nigeria that u abandoned to go and huzle elswhere) some sef, it'll cost them their lives
On this note! I urge my fellow Nigerians to quench d ambition of traveling out to hustle. If u can't make it in ur father's land, it'll b extremely difficult for u to make it elswhere.
#ILoveNigeria
#ILoveMyFathersLand



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Front page pls Mr admin

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Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by donmalcolm21(m): 7:16am On Dec 29, 2014
If i cant make it here then i cant make it anywhere else.

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Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by zubby29(m): 7:43am On Dec 29, 2014
tnks so much,dis article deserve to b in fp

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Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by montanaguy(m): 7:57am On Dec 29, 2014
As an ex military man with 12yrs experience in the service and 41yrs old. I am a pensioner with a monthly pension of 46k but I want to work in Dubai as a security officer. What are my chances? So 300k can't take me to Dubai?

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Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by nke001: 8:38am On Dec 29, 2014
managermahmud:
Good piece of write up..
There is something that we Nigerians fail to understand. U'll meet most of the youths huzlin to travel out to go and huzle without knowing that when they travel out, that effort they make to huzle, wen they apply same effort her in Nigeria, they'll make same or even more profit sef.
Now wen they succeed in travling out and exhibit same lazy attitude whch they already exhibit here in Nigeria, they'll be forced to go into drug trafficking where they think they'll make shap shap money, without still knowing that the risk in such 'business' is far greater than d fuccking profit... It'll then end 98% of them in prison, they'll then be calling for help to serve their jail term in Nigeria(Nigeria that u abandoned to go and huzle elswhere) some sef, it'll cost them their lives
On this note! I urge my fellow Nigerians to quench d ambition of traveling out to hustle. If u can't make it in ur father's land, it'll b extremely difficult for u to make it elswhere.
#ILoveNigeria
#ILoveMyFathersLand



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Front page pls Mr admin
God Bless You More This New Year! Amin.

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Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by nke001: 8:41am On Dec 29, 2014
Nice @Ops,
My Cousin has to see this.

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Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by onatisi(m): 8:52am On Dec 29, 2014
Thank you op for this concise ,accurate and well detailed report. But one question I always ask people who are desperate to travel out to dubai in search of job is,“if you can't make a decent living or business in nigeria with 500k.how will you make it in dubai?”Rarely do they listen anyway. Well experience they say is always the best teacher.

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Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by managermahmud: 9:40am On Dec 29, 2014
nke001:

God Bless You More This New Year! Amin.
Thank u very much. And u too
Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by seangy4konji: 9:50am On Dec 29, 2014
Well said.
Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by intergral(m): 9:50am On Dec 29, 2014
9ce one op!

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Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by EverestdeBliu(m): 9:51am On Dec 29, 2014
I love Nigeria...going nowhere,except for vacation or a concrete business!

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Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by slimpoppa(m): 9:51am On Dec 29, 2014
I see
Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by fpeter(f): 9:52am On Dec 29, 2014
Yeah.......we will read it tomorrow

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Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by Tekecoms1(m): 9:52am On Dec 29, 2014
Shake my head for your belief system

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Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by Akshow: 9:54am On Dec 29, 2014
going to middle east in most cases is a frying pan to fire case

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Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by Ebubeslym(m): 9:55am On Dec 29, 2014
jobs open for migrants are mainly menial ones

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Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by CosmoFab: 9:56am On Dec 29, 2014
There is no easy ride anywhere. Making it every where you are takes a combination of things that includes hard-work, determination and many more. And even making it outside your own country takes twice as much or even more as you'll be faced with other challenges that a native will not have to endure.

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Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by afribookorg(m): 9:57am On Dec 29, 2014
cry

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Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by Nobody: 9:57am On Dec 29, 2014
angry issorite



NEXT !!

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Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by martincbarton: 9:57am On Dec 29, 2014
Insightful.

Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by Jhayeahsam01(m): 9:58am On Dec 29, 2014
chatting with my frnd in uae.. wen i Saw this article the same time.. all are true.... buh make God guide us and direct our path

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Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by Nobody: 9:59am On Dec 29, 2014
Very detailed and revealing.... kiss
Re: Before You Travel To The Uae In Search Of Jobs – Read This by Akbee(m): 9:59am On Dec 29, 2014
okay na

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