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15-03-2008, 18:53   #1
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Working in Dubai, anyone got any experience?

Hi all,

Just thought I'd run this by you and see if anyone has any advice or previous experience. There's a (small) possibility in the near future of me heading off to Dubai for a couple of years on a Telecoms project from what I know of it the money is good and it would be nice to get away from Ireland for a while...

I'm just wondering what you think? is it worth taking the risk and returning to Ireland in a couple of years to find the economy's shat itself? or plug away here in a job that pays crap wages and there's no room (realistically) for promotion?

I'm just worried about making a rash decision and regretting it in a couple of years or worse, a few weeks after starting the contract
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15-03-2008, 19:00   #2
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I'm just wondering what you think? is it worth taking the risk and returning to Ireland in a couple of years to find the economy's shat itself? or plug away here in a job that pays crap wages and there's no room (realistically) for promotion?
The answer to your question is in that last sentence. Personally, I would jump at the chance. Getting to live and work in another country is a great experience. Also remember that the whole world is heading into recession (or so it seems), so no matter where you are, things probably won't be as rosy as they have been.

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I'm just worried about making a rash decision and regretting it in a couple of years or worse, a few weeks after starting the contract
I'd say you will regret more not going. Take a look at your situation now - have you any ties (e.g. partner/kids/mortgage)? If not, then what is holding you back? Think of the experience and how it will look on your CV.
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Thanks for that Tom nah, I've no ties here, and from what I've been told about the position it's the kind of thing that travels well, basically building and designing mobile phone networks. The money looks pretty amazing tbh so I'm hoping to get it

I know some of my mates are very wary of the idea, their logic being that Dubai is a Muslim state, but from what I know it's a more relaxed kind. Within reason of course, once you respect their rules and don't go down the street smashed drunk

Well sure we'll see what happens, fingers crossed eh?
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I'm just worried about making a rash decision and regretting it in a couple of years or worse, a few weeks after starting the contract
You will only regret it when you dont go for it.
I am pretty sure it will be a great experience.

Personally, i wouldnt hesitate for a second.
Ok, so it is an Islamic country but it is not exactly the Taliban in charge over there.
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I know some of my mates are very wary of the idea, their logic being that Dubai is a Muslim state, but from what I know it's a more relaxed kind. Within reason of course, once you respect their rules and don't go down the street smashed drunk
You need a license to drink at home.

The legal drinking age is 21.

All pubs are part of hotels.
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perosnally i think it would be a great experience. getting away from ireland for while, working a good job for good money (persumably tax free). and it will look brilliant on your CV when you get back.

considering you have no ties to ireland i would seriously consider it. if you dont like it you can always come back.

it isnt as strict as people say. the bizarre laws usually apply to women more so than men. rules for women are pretty strict but again nothing too crazy.

you actually have me thinking about it now
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OP i worked with a guy who was there for 3 months and he liked it. He loved the weather and its a great place to meet people and network.
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TAX FREE WAGEs.
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Just dont eat any poppy bagels before you fly...
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Hey, thanks for all the replies, hopefully i'll find out something more solid soon, it'd be good to travel, and as someone said, it would look pretty decent on the CV :)a
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Just dont eat any poppy bagels before you fly...
Yea, and you better not have a cold either
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TAX FREE WAGEs.
Yeah tax free wages; they treat foreigners with respect.... My friend was there for a month and she said they are not really strict on foreign women; you are a bloke i guess it would be alright... stay away from the women!!!!!!!!
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also make sure that you don't have 0.003g of cannabis on the sole of your shoe
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That requires a little correction, they treat western foreigners with respect. A lot of the eastern foreigners are treated just a bit better than slaves.

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Yeah tax free wages; they treat foreigners with respect.... My friend was there for a month and she said they are not really strict on foreign women; you are a bloke i guess it would be alright... stay away from the women!!!!!!!!
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That requires a little correction, they treat western foreigners with respect. A lot of the eastern foreigners are treated just a bit better than slaves.
Yeah true, a friend's dad from Pakistan was earning $20,000 less than his colleague and this friends dad had more experience
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