Employment Basics: UAE

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 and exciting 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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