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Working and living in UAE

The United Arab Emirates is situated in Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia; it is in a strategic location along southern approaches to the Strait of Hormuz, a vital transit point for world crude oil.

The UAE has a fantastic year-round climate that rarely drops below 20 degrees Celsius. Topped with beautiful sandy beaches and lukewarm water, it provides dream-like weather for many north of the hemisphere.

Due to the incredible wealth of both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the cities and their infrastructure are very well built and this is immediately noticeable. Heading back to Western countries can really highlight how much more the UAE has to offer such as metro and the construction quality of modern buildings.

Working in the UAE means first and foremost working in the very center of the Middle East’s economic hub. Harbors and free trade zones attract tourists and international companies alike.

The UAE does, of course, offer one major financial benefit to expatriates which are no income tax. Coupled with salaries that are oftentimes better than in Western countries, expatriates find it is much easier to save money, and return to their countries with large savings.

UAE is home to one of world’s fastest growing economies. It has become a hub for expats working abroad and there is a high demand in the UAE for qualified medical professionals. It is a great place for doctors, nurses, dentists and other healthcare professionals to advance their careers and enjoy immersing themselves in a new culture and working environment.

The UAE has a highly developed healthcare infrastructure. Medical facilities are modern and accessible. Public hospitals offer a high standard of care, however there is also a rapidly growing private sector. Many foreign-trained expats are employed in both the public and private healthcare sector, and English is commonly spoken in hospitals and medical centers.

Salaries for employees in the healthcare sector vary depending on the job role, job level, qualifications and whether a hospital or clinic is part of the public or private sector.

Jobs within the healthcare sector will frequently include an accommodation allowance, although this is dependent on the job. A general practitioner in Abu Dhabi can earn an average annual salary of 250,000 AED (68,500 $), while a Staff Nurse in Abu Dhabi can expect an average annual salary of around 87,000 AED (24,000 $). A Medical Technologist earns an average salary of 111,000 AED (30,500 $) per year in Abu Dhabi.