Register on job portals
You can register on job portals and create an account free of cost. You might need to pay to get optional extra services in some of the job portals.
After registration, keep looking for vacancies and apply accordingly. If you land a job through a job portal, you are not required to pay commission to any party; neither to the recruiting company nor to the company behind the job portal.
Government job portals:
Private job portals:
Emirates Job Bank (EJB)
Emirates Job Bank (EJB) is a government-facilitated job portal that enables UAE nationals to apply directly to targeted jobs offered by government entities and the private sector.
Started in November 2019, the first phase of EJB directs 160 entities namely government entities, semi-government companies, federal and local organisations, public shareholding companies and national banks to post their job opportunities through EJB. The second phase will be carried out in the second quarter of 2020 and will include all government, semi-government and the private sector entities.
Entities and companies will be required to justify reasons for rejecting applicants.
Emirates Job Bank was launched by H. H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs as part of the implementation of the Cabinet Resolution 10/1 of 2019 that obliges all government entities and private sector to prioritise the employment of UAE nationals in 160 targeted professions to support Emiratisation.
National training platform (aetraining.ae)
In December 2019, a national training platform (aetraining.ae) was launched for UAE nationals. The aim of the platform is to qualify 18,000 individuals for the UAE job market in the next three years and improve their skills in specific sectors which include: customer service, real estate, oil and gas, electrical and mechanical engineering, retail industry, etc.
The duration of the training programme is between three and six months, and the trainees will get a certificate from the training institutes that are approved by Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE).
Emirati job seekers and those who wish to change their career path can access the portal and register to get the training programme they need.
This initiative is sponsored by MoHRE and the Higher Colleges of Technology. It is part of the implementation of the 10 strategic resolutions adopted by the UAE Cabinet in September 2019 to support Emiratisation.
Online portal for Emirati freelancers
AEFreelancer.ae is an online interactive platform that connects skilled Emiratis who wish to freelance for organisations in the public and private sectors. The initiative aims to support the UAE’s Emiratisation goals, especially for those Emiratis who live in remote areas. It was launched by Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) in coordination with Emirates Foundation (Shabab) and Federal Youth Authority in February 2020. Emiratis wishing to freelance must be at least 21 years old.
Search at online job fairs
Several job fairs are held in the UAE. They provide job seekers with the opportunity to get to know participating organisations, their roles and job vacancies within. These are particularly good for fresh graduates as it helps them to decide on the industry in which they could build a career. Job fairs also offer networking opportunity for jobseekers.
Some of the job fairs in the UAE are:
Look through classifieds
Job vacancies are posted in the classifieds section of online and print publications. Almost all newspapers have a classifieds section. The job vacancies are posted in both, online and print editions. In the UAE, newspapers are published in several languages. English and Arabic are the main languages.
Below are links to the classifieds section of some of the English newspapers in the UAE:
The following are exclusively dedicated to classifieds:
If you are looking for a job from outside the UAE, you can search for jobs in the 'overseas jobs' or similar section in the newspapers in your country.
You can send your CV to licensed recruitment agencies in the UAE. The agency will contact you in case there is a job opening suitable for your qualifications and interests.
Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation grants licences of recruitment agencies to UAE citizens only.
Job seekers are not required to pay money to any recruitment agency as the onus to pay such fees lies with the employers.
You can refer to the ministry to check for licensed companies or raise a complaint, if needed.
Look through websites
You can also look through the careers pages and register on the careers section of websites of organisations you wish to join.
Federal and local government entities announce job vacancies on their websites. You can apply through their websites.
Tips to land a job
- Start with an impressive cover letter and an honest CV.
- Keep your CV updated.
- Be diligent and regular in searching. Do not give up mid-way.
- Check for the email ID from which you receive job offers. It should reflect the domain name of the organisation.
- Do not pay. If the hiring company or the agency asks you for money to process the visa or medical test, it is not a genuine company.
- Learn Arabic. Knowledge of Arabic (at least speaking) would be an advantage.
- Keep yourself updated about your field of work.
- Be realistic about your earning potential.
- Grow your network.
- Increase your general knowledge about the region and its social and cultural value system.
Updated on 19 Nov 2020