Generous job market sees expats flocking to Dubai

The global recession is bringing job seekers to Dubai, and while it may not be the land of milk and honey it once was, pay packets still compare favourably to many other parts of the world.

Commercial manager of recruitment firm BAC Middle East, Cliff Single, said that expatriate job seekers were coming from almost every corner of the world, with the most common nationalities from GCC countries, followed by South East Asia and then the UK.

There were growing numbers from the rest of Europe, reflecting the impact the European situation was having in terms of people looking (for jobs) abroad, he said.

Single did not think Emiratisation had impacted majorly on the chances of expat job seekers: “Even though more Emiratis are coming into the private sector, the private sector is still growing anyway, so there’s still enough opportunities for everyone.”

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