5 benefits of working in Middle East hotels
Working in the Middle East offers not only many opportunities to build your CV, but also comes with great benefits on top of your stipend or salary.
1. Free housing
It is not uncommon for hotels in Dubai and Quatar to offer free housing options for their employees. Depending on the hotel, your provided free housing can include facilities such as pool, gym or free laundry services. All updated with lifestyle luxuries Middle East is known for.
2. Free commute
Many hotels offer daily shuttles between the accommodation and the hotel, also on the days you are not working. It is also possible to find job offers when the employer pays for the flight. All you need to do is get on the plane. Taking your career abroad has never been easier!
3. Free meals
From sophisticated breakfast buffets to authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, many hotels offer 3 meals a day, and some even on your days off. Hospitalians in Quatar and UAE really know how to take care of their staff!
4. Some of the most incredible technology known to mankind
Did you know the tallest tower in the world is located in Dubai? The Burj Khalifa (pictured above) is the tallest tower in the world since its completion in 2009 and is just one of the marvels that you can hope to see during your time in the Middle East.
5. The potential to start a new life
While many come to the Middle East for a short tenure to make some extra cash and gain experience, the work visas for both the UAE and Qatar are far less restrictive than their equivalent in Europe and the USA. This means that through a program in the Middle East, you have the possibility to change your life by moving it to this incredible metropolitan paradise!
Of course, exact benefits depend on the location and property, but all offers include stipend or salary. Stipend normally starts around 200 to 300 USD per month in both UAE and Qatar. With housing, commute, meals and sometimes even the flights covered, you will still be able to enjoy all Middle Eastern metropoles have to offer!
When you think about gaining experience abroad in a sunny place where you do not have to worry about any of your living expenses or stress about finding accommodation Middle East is the place to be! Sign up here to see our currently open Middle East vacancies.
Dubai is a city of skyscrapers, ports, and beaches, where big business takes place alongside sun-seeking tourism. Because of its large expatriate population, it feels like a Middle Eastern melting pot, and the atmosphere is generally tolerant. Religious affiliations are not a prominent aspect of city life. Islam is the majority religion, but churches and Hindu temples coexist with Dubai’s mosques.
Dubai is a relatively crime-free place where administrative efficiency and openness to business have encouraged astounding growth. However, criticism of Dubai’s authoritarian government and ruling elite is not tolerated, and there persists an atmosphere of discreet corruption.
The western area of Dubai benefits from small stretches of sandy beaches, which have helped to catalyze the city’s tourism industry. Dubai’s rulers have sought to increase the city’s limited seafronts, and, in the absence of natural offshore islands, developers were encouraged to construct giant man-made islands off the coast of the city. The most famous of these is Palm Jumeirah, which has the shape of a palm tree. Others include the “World” islands, a cluster of small islands positioned to resemble a world map when viewed from above.
Dubai straddles a natural inlet called Dubai Creek on the southern shores of the Persian Gulf. For more than a century, the area was Dubai’s centre, because of the early city’s reliance on fishing, pearl diving, and maritime trade. Lining the creek are the oldest buildings in Dubai, most of which date from the 1960s and are rarely more than two stories in height. In the Bastakiyyah quarter, on the western shore of the creek, some much older buildings have been restored, and many of these feature the distinctive wind tower design that was imported by Persian merchants early in the 20th century.
The new city centre is a string of skyscrapers lining Sheikh Zayed Road. Notable among these are the Emirates Towers, which were built in the late 1990s and early 2000s and which house a hotel and government offices. Close to Sheikh Zayed Road is the Dubai International Financial Centre, housed in a futuristic arch-shaped building, and the Burj Khalifa, which at the time of its official opening in 2010 was the world’s tallest building; it was named after the president of the United Arab Emirates and emir of Abu Dhabi, Khalifa ibn Zayed Al Nahyan. To the west of the skyscrapers lie several affluent suburbs, most of which house substantial villas. On their periphery lies the Burj al-ʿArab, a giant sail-shaped tower which is home to a luxury hotel. Farther west are new clusters of skyscrapers surrounding a man-made marina and several man-made lakes
Like much of the Persian Gulf coastline, Dubai has a year-round hot climate. Humidity is high in the summer months and moderate the rest of the year. The coldest winter month is usually January, with lows of about 15 °C (49 °F), while the hottest summer month is July, with highs of more than 40 °C (104 °F).
Dubai’s population has grown steadily over the past two centuries, from just a few thousand local inhabitants to well over two million. Most of the early population increases were due to merchants from neighbouring countries choosing to relocate to Dubai’s business-friendly environment. In the later 20th century the city’s construction boom led to a huge increase in the number of South Asian and an influx of skilled expatriates from all over the world who play an important role in Dubai’s multi-sector economy. Expatriates in the city vastly outnumber native Emiratis.
The local population is predominately Muslim, and most of the expatriate population is also Muslim, although there are significant Christian, Hindu, and Sikh communities. Given the tolerance of the ruling family toward non-Muslims and the city’s focus on business, the various communities coexist harmoniously, although there have been occasions when foreign residents have broken decency codes or drug-use prohibitions.
Contrary to popular belief, Dubai does not have an oil-based economy. The little oil wealth it did enjoy between the 1960s and the 1990s was used to enhance other sectors of its economy by building physical infrastructure. Trade remains at the core of Dubai’s economy, with the city operating two of the world’s largest ports and a busy international air cargo hub. The Jebel Ali free-trade zone was established in the 1980s to attract industrial investment; activities based there include aluminum smelting, car manufacturing, and cement production