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Are there formal exchange programs for high school age students who want to learn about business in Dubai? Ages 16-19? Thanks, Harold.

Hi Harold, yes, The American University of Dubai and Sharjah offer student exchange programs for a duration of one year but you must be enrolled in a graduate program. Sorry, but no such exchange programs exist for high school students at this time.
Hi Anna, I’m working as a customer support officer for the past two years. My brother is a resident of Dubai. He has always told me of the booming opportunities in Dubai and, as such, I want to take advantage. So what kind of opportunities I can look forward to? Thanks, Deekshith.

Dear Deekshith: Since your brother is already a resident of Dubai, I would strongly encourage you to obtain a visit visa and apply to employers while you are already there. Your brother can act as a sponsor and sponsor you for a visit visa.

However, before you head out, I would advise you to do your homework from your home country. You can start by networking with other professionals who are looking for work in Dubai. You can usually find lots of forums online or even start speaking with friends of family members about your goals. See if you can get information on upcoming companies or already established companies in Dubai. You can even start making phone calls from your home country to see if you can get through to the HR officer and establish a rapport. Once you have created a heavy contact list, you can plan your trip.

Bear in mind that Dubai is a luxurious city so it’s easy to get distracted with the sights and nightlife. Basically, you have to keep strong with your job search. It’s never easy to find work in a new place. However, with some persistence and a little bit of hard work, I’m sure things will look up.

Don’t stop your network once you are in the city. Start working on your social skills to create your own circle of friends and acquaintances, as you never know where your ideal opportunity will come from!

Research by Career Management Consultants suggests that networking increases your chances of getting hired by 30%. You can build that network while you are in Dubai as well. Try a few places from this list and you might find a little luck in your job hunt : Irish Village, QD's, Rock Bottom Café, Zinc, Barasti Bar, Aussie Legends, Go West (Ironic), Dubai Marine, Jumeirah Beach, Jimy Dix, Uptown, Trader Vic's, Koubba, Century Village, The Alamo, Fabber Magee's, Boardwalk, Studio One, Scarlett's, and Spike Bar.

Hi Anna, I am planning to have a career shift to a non-profit organization. What are my options & what is the industry like here in UAE? I am currently working as a Product Manager and have relevant non-profit background in micro financing. Thank you in advance for your consideration, Margarita



Dear Margarita: You will find a combination of international organizations, social organizations, human rights and liberties in Dubai which are mainly non-profit organizations. Some of these organizations have websites mainly in Arabic but you can select English for some of them. (Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage Foundation, Human Appeal International, Anjuman-e-Najmi, etc.) You won’t find job ads for non-profit organizations  over the web as they usually hire locally. So, it may be useful for you to apply there directly or once you are in Dubai.

Also don’t forget to network with other professionals so that you can get your feet wet. Expats always provide useful information to each other so it’s useful for you to work on your socializing skills and get the ball rolling.

Remember you can always sign up with Jobs in Dubai to get exposure to ideal non-profit organizations as we have quite a few registered on our site. Good Luck!

Dear Anna, I am studying General Business in Cyprus College, Cyprus and will be graduating at the end of the year. Do you think I’ll be able to find work in Dubai right after graduation? If I can, what kind of visa do I need? Thanks very much! Looking forward to your reply! Daisy.



Hi Daisy: thank you for your question. The opportunities for fresh graduates are on the rise in Dubai. As the economic status of the city is accelerating, employers are constantly on the lookout for new talent and growth which fresh graduates can offer.

It is vital to establish a network for yourself. Networking with other graduates or even professionals will allow you to gain a general feel of how it’s like for fresh graduates in the city. Bear in mind that it’s easy to get distracted as Dubai is a luxurious city with many sights to offer. So, it’s useful for you to do your homework before you head out. On the internet, you can find several Dubai career forums. Most of the posts you find in forums are subjective and you will have to filter out beneficial information but it is useful to start your job search before you leave.

You will most likely have to get a visit visa to visit Dubai. If you get hired, the visit visa can be transitioned into a residency visa. You require the following documents to obtain a visit visa: a valid passport (at least 3 copies); at least 6 passport sized photographs of your self; a marriage certificate (if you are married); birth certificates for all members of the family (if required).

Since you will be coming to Dubai for a vacation then your hotel will act as your sponsor. For this to happen, you will have to send your travel itinerary and passport to the hotel a few weeks in advance so that they can be sure of where you will be during your stay. In effect, the hotel will be responsible for you while you are in Dubai. For this service you will see an additional fee on your hotel bill. Visitor visas are typically valid for a period of 30 days but can also be issued for 60 days.

Research by Career Management Consultants suggests that networking increases your chances of getting hired by 30%. You can build that network while you are in Dubai as well. Try a few places from this list and you might find a little luck in your job hunt : Irish Village, QD's, Rock Bottom Café, Zinc, Barasti Bar, Aussie Legends, Go West (Ironic), Dubai Marine, Jumeirah Beach, Jimy Dix, Uptown, Trader Vic's, Koubba, Century Village, The Alamo, Fabber Magee's, Boardwalk, Studio One, Scarlett's, and Spike Bar.

Thanks for your question and happy job hunting!

Hi Anna, my daughter is currently a sophomore majoring in Child Development and Psychology at Tufts University in Boston. Can she get a six week internship in a health care institution here in Dubai? Do the hospitals there offer internship for undergraduates? Any information would help. Thanks, Joji. 



Thanks for your question. If you are interested in applying for Internship in the health care field, you can contact the Department of Health and Medical Services in Dubai. From what I know, they do accept non-UAE doctors to do internships and they accept two batches per year, in August and February respectively. But I would recommend that you contact them as much ahead of time as possible to make sure you get in!

However, since your daughter is a non-UAE national, they won’t be paying her for her internship; but, she will have to manage her own airfare, accommodations, etc. I strongly recommend that your daughter start networking with other undergraduates who are interested in internship opportunities in Dubai to gather more detailed information. Thanks and Good Luck! 



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