The United Arab Emirates (UAE), formerly known as the Trucial States, is comprised of seven individual emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, and Umm al-Qaiwain. The UAE shares borders with Saudi Arabia and Oman, and has coastline on the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.
The UAE is a dynamic and congenial blend of Arabic culture and Western culture: you hear the prayer call five times a day, and see beautiful mosques throughout the cities, while at the same time, women drive cars, the government promotes tourism, and the finest Western hotels serve food from all over the world.
To qualify for a position in the UAE, applicants must have, depending on level of position, anywhere from two to 10 years of current, post-registration/post-certification experience in the role for which they are applying in an mid- to large-sized acute-care hospital.
Contracts in the UAE are usually for two years (occasionally
one), and are renewable by mutual agreement. Income earned
while working in the UAE is tax-free (no tax is deducted in
the UAE but you should check for any possible tax liability
in your home country)*, and furnished accommodation is
provided. (Some employers may offer a housing allowance
instead of providing accommodations.) Vacation time is generous
destinations in Europe, Africa, and Asia are nearby.
The majority of employment contracts are "single-status," which means that even if you are married, your spouse and/or family cannot accompany you to the UAE. Only some senior administrative and medical contracts allow family members to travel to and live in the UAE.
Benefits include: tax-free income*; free, furnished, air-conditioned accommodations; medical coverage; generous vacation time and return airfare.
*No tax is deducted in the UAE but you should check for any possible tax liability in your home country.
Americans, see: Internal Revenue Service
Canadians, see: Canada Revenue Agency
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