Holidays in UAE 2017

by gulfcv 16/06/2017 1 comment

Public, National and Religious Holidays in UAE

It is always good idea to check out official holidays in UAE before planning a trip to uae and Dubai. Most of the public holidays in uae fall under religious (Islamic Holiday, based Hijri Calendar) category, based on lunar calendar and it will change on every year, public holidays in UAE are less comparing with most of the other countries. The best thing in UAE is if any public holidays fall in weekends some time an additional day of work will be granted

Holidays in UAE 2017

Sunday, 1 January

New Year’s Day – National Holiday- First day of New Year

Sunday, 23 April

Al isra’a wal MI ‘raj –Islamic Holiday – Ascension Day

Sunday, 25 June

Eid Al Fitr –Islamic Holiday- the Holiday is celebration which marks the of end of Ramadan

Thursday, 31 August

Arafat Day – Islamic Holiday – is the second day of annual haj pilgrimage, the holiday takes place the day before Eid Al Adha

Friday, 1 September

Eid Al Adha – Islamic Holiday-Feast of the sacrifice

Friday, 22 September

Al Hijri – Islamic Holiday- Islamic New year

Thursday, 30 November

Commemoration Day – National Day- Martyr’s day

It is a new Holidays in UAE started in 2015, in memories of uae people who died for their country

Thursday, 30 December

Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) Birthday –Islamic Holiday

Saturday, 2 December

National Day – National Holiday – UAE national holiday it is a fixed holiday on December 2






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When to Visit Dubai – Weather in Dubai

by gulfcv 15/06/2017 0 comments

Dubai Weather and When to Visit Dubai

The best time to visit Dubai is from October to March, during those month Dubai weather is ideal, and generally speaking Dubai is hot and humid country due to its geographical location. This does not mean you should plan your Dubai holiday during this month’s only. Other months usually temperature can go up to 50° C



Summer in Dubai start from May to August, Dubai Weather during this month are extremely hot and humid with an average temperature high of 41° C and overnight low around 30° C. most of the Dubai resident and expats escape the summer heat and head for holidays especially during June and July


Winters are warm and short in Dubai Winter in Dubai start from November to February, the day is pleasant and cool with an average high temperature of 23° C. irregular rain fall also occur during this months. This is the best time to visit Dubai and the temperature from October to April are bearable so this can also be considered suitable time to visit Dubai


If you have enough time to plan to visit Dubai, the best month is January, as Dubai shopping festival is on this month, you can grab lot of amazing deals at shopping mall and global village, it is worth visiting global village, local products from more than 30 countries are available at under one roof in Dubai global village, global village start from November till April, but shopping festival is only from January to mid-February.

Dubai Weather by Months


When to visit Dubai

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Cost of Living in Dubai – How much you can save in Dubai

by gulfcv 09/06/2017 0 comments

Cost of Living in Dubai

Cost of Living in Dubai

The cost of Living in Dubai is expensive same as another part of the world (As per mercer’s 2015 cost of living survey Dubai Ranked 23rd Most expensive cities in the world), it might be interesting that you check out my previous article Living in Dubai.  in this article, I am going to give you an insight on Dubai cost of living. In general basic necessities such as accommodation, Food & Dine in Out, Transportation, Schooling, and utilities. Living cost in Dubai will depend on individual choices, interests and your standard of living in Dubai. So Dubai living cost can vary from individuals to individual but you still need to be prepared financially.UAE currency is known as united Arab emirates Dirhams, one US dollar is equivalent to 3.67 Dirhams(AED) and 100 fils makes 1 Dirham.


Cost of Accommodation in Dubai

This is the single most cost that you are going to shell out from your salary. Most expats in Dubai Live in Apartments due to the availability and affordability. These apartments include 1-Bedroom, 2-Bedroom, and 3 –Bedroom, Studios, and villas. The standard Apartments in Dubai include separate Kitchen, Center Hall, and bathroom, the balcony is an optional add-on. For studio apartments, there is no separate kitchen and hall, villas and duplex are available in many community neighborhoods in Dubai. But the cost is much higher than apartments.

The cost of renting an apartment in Dubai can greatly depend on the location and age of the building. The cost of a standard 1-bedroom apartment in a prime area close to the city center such as Deira Dubai and bur Dubai starts at around AED 70000 /Year,2-bedroom starting from AED 90,000/Year  and 3-bedroom from 140,000 respectively. While studio apartment price starts from AED 40000 to AED 55000/Year. Whereas area like Dubai Marina (, Down Town Dubai and Jumeirah ( much expensive. The average rental cost for 1-bedroom starting from AED 95,000/Year, 2-bedroom from AED 120,000/Year and 3-bedroom from AED 160,000 as I mentioned earlier all this depends on the age of building and proximity and the view from buildings. Rental costs in Dubai always fluctuate with market trends.


The cheapest area to rent an apartment in Dubai is at International City Dubai. Which was built to provide affordable and stylish living experience. The rental cost for a standard one bedroom start from AED 45,000/Year, 2-bedroom from AED 75000/Year, 3-bedroom from AED 90000/Year and studio apartment from AED 35000/Year. Sharing accommodations are available all over Dubai, the cost of a decent bachelor sharing accommodation start from AED 1000/PM.

There are some additional cost that will incur on your wallet when you renting a new apartment, like security deposit which is usually 5% of total rent and is refundable, Commission which may vary from AED 2000 to AED 7000 based on your real estate agent and AED 2000 security deposit for Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and is refundable. And  nominal fees to Dubai municipality for your contract registration and attestation.


Transportation cost in Dubai

Transportation cost in Dubai is fairly cheap comparing to many other part of the world. Either you can choose the public transportation system or your own car. The public transportation system in Dubai is pretty good, which serve most part of Dubai. If you plan to use public transport to commute between office and home using the NOL card (, average monthly expenses will be around AED 250 to AED 350 based on your location, even if you use public transport for your other travel needs, the monthly cost will not exceed AED 600/PM. But if you use taxi’s this can go up, Dubai Taxi flag down fares starts from AED 12 and meter run at AED 1.82/ Kilometer

Owning and keeping a car in Dubai is inexpensive. As there are no taxes in Dubai, the cost of brand new decent sedan car like Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic will be around AED 65,000 to AED 75,000. Whereas same brand used cars (3-5 years old) can be found at the price of AED 25000 to AED 40000.Fuel or gasoline prices are really cheap in Dubai. For AED 60 to AED 80, you can fill your tank, approximately 40 liters and is enough for your one week commute from home to the office if you are staying in Dubai itself. Other costs involved in owning a car in Dubai are car insurance and parking fees. The cost of insurance for the economical cars is around AED 1700 to AED 2000/year   which decreases each year as your cars get older. Parking in Dubai is not free in streets and public places, you might expect to pay AED 2/Hour (Dubai paid parking start From 8 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 9 pm) or you can take parking card from RTA which cost AED 2500/Year if you don’t have free parking in your office and home account this cost also to your wallet.


Cost of Food and Dine out in Dubai

Food and drink price in Dubai are fairly cheap. If you cook your own food   Average monthly food expense for a family of 2 will be around AED 1000 to AED 1500. Fresh fish meat, chicken, fruit, and vegetables are available throughout the year for a price that is little cheaper than many parts of the world.

Generally speaking Dine out price in Dubai are fair but if you go to a fancy restaurant in the luxurious atmosphere the price can go much higher, you have plenty of choices based on your budget. The cost of a meal for two at a standard restaurant will be around AED 150 to AED 200 if you dine out frequently account this to your Dubai cost of living.


Utilities expense in Dubai

The cost of utilities is in Dubai is expensive, the essential utilities like electricity, water, The Internet and mobile phones calls, except the LPG gas which is pretty cheap. The average spending towards Electricity and Water bills (DEWA) for a family of two is around AED 400 to AED 700/Month on summer months that’s  from April to August, and up to AED 400 on winter, that’s from October to February. The LPG gas can be either central gas system supplied to your building or you will be buying LPG cylinder and refilling it whenever required. For central gas system you might expect to pay AED 40/PM and the cost of 22KG LPG cylinder is AED 100 which can last up to 2 to 3 months based on your usage.

Another inevitable utility cost that we need to consider is the internet, the ISP here in Dubai bundle the internet with land phone and TV as all in one offer which costs you around AED 300 to AED 350 / month. This package gives you 8 to 16 Mbps internet speed, free calls from Land phone to land phone in UAE and all the basic TV channels, you might expect to pay additional if you want to watch all the sports or your regional channel and a special charge for world cups and other championships matches. Mobile phone calls are charged AED 0.30 (30 fils) per minutes for inside uae, and international calls depend on your country, 1 GB mobile data  cost you AED 100.


Educational and Healthcare cost in Dubai

Educational cost in Dubai are expensive, most of the private school charge higher fees for their international curriculum, Asian schools are generally cheap comparing to British and American curriculum, The average Annual tuition fees for schools starts from AED 8000 to AED 60000 based on the school standard and curriculum, the Average annual tuition fees for college start from AED 25000 to AED 80000.

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Healthcare expenses in Dubai are really expensive, most of the employer in Dubai provide health insurance for their employees and dependents, and, in that case, this cost will not affect much on you. Except the dental treatment which is usually not included in insurance and is expensive. If your employer does not provide health insurance to dependents you need to have a private insurance which costs you around AED 300 to AED 600 based on the coverage, and now a new rule comes into effect that health insurance is mandatory for residence visa starting from JUN 2016.

Now I believe that you also thinking, the cost of living in Dubai are expensive if you have any reverse thoughts or helpful tips put it in the below comment box below.


Entertainment Cost in Dubai

Entertainment and concerts ticket price in Dubai are average comparing to western countries, but other leisure activities and fitness club membership are higher than the average, the cost of a Cinema ticket in Dubai is AED 30, Fitness club membership fees is around AED 300 /Month. Few of the public parks charge AED 10/person as entrance fees. I am sure that at least AED 100 to 200/month will go towards entertainment cost for a family of two.


Domestic help

If you are hiring domestic helpers like maids, gardener and driver is pretty cheap in Dubai, the monthly cost of a full-time housemaid in Dubai is from AED 800 to AED 1500, or if you require only part time the cost will be around AED 30/hour, the same apply to gardener, the cost of driver will be from AED 2500 to AED 4000 per month. Other domestic help like electrician, plumber and carpenter works are done through your landlord most of the times these are free based on your tenancy contract.



In short, the cost of living in Dubai is expensive, but you have the options to choose how you want to live life in Dubai if you properly plan your financials you can save a good amount of money and grow your wealth here in Dubai than any other place in the world. The average living expense for a family of two in a comfort zone (Standard 1 bedroom, Own Car, Utilities, weekend dine out, weekend movies)   is around AED 8000/PM, if you are moving to Dubai keep all this in your mind. now i believe you have a rough idea about how much you can save in Dubai. I hope you enjoyed reading my article, If you would like to know anything more about this topic or any information about Dubai, or any useful tips that you want to share please feel free to put on below box









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Recruitment Companies in Dubai , UAE

by gulfcv 05/04/2017 0 comments

Recruitment companies in Dubai

Recruitment companies  in Dubai, UAE

Recruitment companies in Dubai :These days finding a job without recruitment company/agency is not difficult, you can search the vacancies through various job portals and Apply to the desired jobs.chance of reaching your cv to the hiring manager might depends on the number of applicants for the same job and the automated resume software that filter applicants based on the resume keywords. In this scenario Recruitment companies and agencies play pivotal role in filling vacancies in Dubai, UAE. Many small and medium sized companies rely on recruitment agencies in dubai, UAE to fill key and specialist positions. Recruitment agencies are often the first to know about new openings and can have informed you about the openings that are suitable for you.

As i said earlier many companies in dubai use recruitment services from recruitment agencies to find and shortlist the candidate for a position to reduce their manpower overhead and lengthy recruitment process.Often the companies do the final selection process. Everything else from the advertisement of an open position to short listing of candidates is done by the recruitment agencies. So by registering with a recruitment agency, the probability of getting shortlisted and getting the interview calls are higher. Once you are invited for the initial interview you can showcase your skills and experience to land the job successfully.

There are many recruitment companies/agencies in dubai, UAE.bigger recruiters cover all the career branches while smaller one specialises in the specific sectors such as Oil & Gas Jobs, Information Technology Jobs or Airline & Aviation Jobs  it is good to register with both recruitment agencies before you start your job hunting, registration can be done through online by submitting your CV. i always advise people to include as much as detail you can while you submit your cv. You are creating the CV only one time but the same cv has been sending through hundreds of jobs and employer. So make sure your first step is perfect and well crafted.

How the Recruitment Companies in Dubai Work

Recruitment agencies in Dubai work on behalf of small and medium sized companies for their recruitment activities, they help the companies to source and place the right candidates in an open position, their roles might vary from companies to companies.they are the one to land your resume to hiring manager’s desk and can also offer extra advice and preparation for final interview .They get paid by the companies when they successfully place the candidate to an organization. They never charge anything for a candidate. Their service is absolutely free for job seekers in dubai. In case if any recruitment agency asks to pay the money for their service, 99.9% they are likely to be fraud. So stay away from that recruiters. If you had any experience share it here so others can beware of those recruiters


List of Recruitment Companies/Agencies in Dubai, UAE


It is not possible for me to list out all the recruitment agencies in Dubai, UAE. I am listing the recruitment agencies that are well known in the market and successfully placing the candidates to various position, i use the feedback from job seekers and other reliable sources


Manpowergroup( One of the biggest group serve both small and large organization, across all industry

Hays ( Well known for high paying jobs recruitment in Dubai, UAE

Michael Page( Hire people from second/third job levels upward

Charter House ( Another high paying jobs recruitments in Dubai, UAE

Kingston Stanley ( Specialist Marketing recruitment agency, if you are looking for Marketing jobs in Dubai,UAE get in touch with them

Frontier International ( Specialist engineering recruitment agency, if you are looking for engineering jobs in Dubai, UAE get in touch with them.
Job track management Service (

Nadia Recruitment Agency(

BAC Middle East(

Personnel Network(

Reach Employment Services(


Robbert Murray & Associates(

Cobalt Recruitment(

Edge Executives (

Dulsco (

SOS Recruitment Solution (

Aarch Consulting(

ABC Recruitment(


Kershawleonard (

Parker House Bell (

SSA Group (

Jerry Varghese Global(


If your recruitment company/agency are missing, in the list of recruitment companies in dubai listings  please contact us


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Work in Dubai

by gulfcv 19/03/2017 6 comments
Work in Dubai
Work in Dubai

Work in Dubai

Work in Dubai : Are you looking to work in Dubai? if your answer is yes you can continue to read otherwise do not waste your time on reading this.Dubai is well known for largest, highest and biggest for many things, so there is no surprise that most of the people are attracted to work in Dubai. One of the biggest benefits to working in Dubai is you are exempted from all sort of income tax, there is no tax on your income. You can enjoy the high standard of living in one of the safest country (United Arab Emirates)  in the world.


What you need to have to Work in Dubai

To legally work in Dubai, you need to obtain an employment visa, or if your spouse is already in Dubai they can apply for residence visa for their dependants. Employment and Residence visas are valid for only two years, and it will be renewed by your employer thereafter if your employer still needs you.

Usually, in most of the GCC countries,  people tends to come on a visit visa which is valid for one to three months and search for jobs and they find the job.

Never ever pay for your visa fees for any employer or recruitment agencies, we hear a lot of stories that many people are tricked this way and lost the money. If your employer or recruitment agencies are legitimate they are not going to charge fees for you. So just keep it in mind.


Where you can work  in Dubai, U.A.E

Natural Resources: oil & gas and energy

Service Industry: trading, banking, construction, education, retail, transport, and tourism

Medical and health care jobs are regulated in Dubai, UAE by means you need to be certified by DHA(Dubai Health Authority) and MOH(Ministry of Health), in addition to your qualification and experience outside UAE.

Most of the government jobs are nationalized as a part of Emiratisation. So your chances of getting a good job as a foreigner in government sector are less comparing to earlier days.even a huge number of high paying jobs are available in the private sector in the various role such as Fine, Information technology, Human Resources, Aviation, Marketing, Sales, Logistics, and supply chain

Some of the Major companies in UAE  are

Al Futtaim group,Al Tayer group,Majid Al Futtaim Group,Al Shaya,Land Mark Group,Azadea Group,EMMAR,Dubai Properties,Adnoc,DP World,Chalhoub Group,Gasco


Job Vacancies in Dubai

Job vacancies in Dubai are mostly advertised on online portals such as job boards and classified websites. but some Dubai employers still advertise job vacancies on newspapers. You could find most of the Dubai jobs on leading job board site like, is one of the largest candidate cv database in Dubai, UAE. Many employers in Dubai search candidate through this site for a potential candidate, it would be a good start to submit your CV here

other most important sites for the job search in Dubai are, . also you could try to browse the jobs from one of the leading classified websites in UAE. and of course LinkedIn. If you like to see the jobs on print media you can go for gulf news and Khaleej times opportunities and classified section.

It is also good to register your cv with this sites, when you are abroad and start applying for a job, one or two weeks in advance before you land in Dubai. The whole hiring process will vary from1 weeks to a month in UAE. so it is a good start to search your job in UAE before you actually land here, to avoid last minute rushes if you are coming on visit visa for job search.

You can check the latest job vacancies in Dubai, UAE below

IT jobs in Dubai

Accounting jobs in Dubai

Marketing jobs in Dubai

Airline jobs in Dubai,UAE

Salary & Benefits

Salary depends on your organization and job role. There are no minimum wages requirement in Dubai-UAE, for most of the jobs except some domestic helper jobs. Salary can be varied based on an employer to employer. Your experience, skills and in some cases your nationality are considered when deciding the salary. Gross salary includes (basic salary + Housing Allowance + Transport Allowance), in addition, you could get the medical insurance and annual flight tickets to your home country. And you are also entitled to take one month leave with leave salary every year.


Working Hours & Holiday in Dubai

Work week start from Sunday to Thursday, Friday and Saturdays are weekends. Even some companies work on Saturday, if you are working on Retail or hospitality sector it is unlikely to have off on Friday and Saturday instead you may get off on any of the weekdays. Typical work days in private sector start from  8.30 am to 5.30 pm, half an hour here there might changes, while in government it starts from 7.30 am to 2.30 pm.

All the Islamic holidays are observed here in Dubai, so you will get off, on this dates. Apart from that, there are some national holidays such as UAE national day and Martyr’s day. In the month of Ramadan, the working hours will be reduced to 6 hours.

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