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Dubai Recruiting & Hiring

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Hiring the right employees for your open positions can make or break your new Dubai location. Talented job candidates will grow your company around the globe and give you confidence in your day-to-day operations, but how can you source those individuals and follow Dubai’s employment compliance laws while running your company?

The answer is Globalization Partners. We have subsidiaries around the globe, including Dubai, that we use to help companies expand faster. We’ll recruit the perfect candidates for you and onboard them using our Dubai PEO. As a result, you can start working in as little as a day or two, and you won’t have to worry about compliance.

Recruiting in Dubai

Staffing and recruiting in Dubai comes with a number of challenges, especially if you’ve never worked overseas before. It’s important to remember that your potential hires may have different views, expectations, and attitudes than employees in your country of residence. Work culture and business etiquette can vary significantly from one country to the next, and a slight miscommunication could be the only thing standing between your business and an employee that would be a terrific asset.

It’s important to learn about the culture before you start the recruitment process. Consider the following guidelines as you’re scheduling meetings and interviews with prospective employees.

1. Follow a Conservative Dress Code

Depending on where you live and work, you may find Dubai’s climate to be very hot. Even so, it’s important that you dress conservatively. Men should wear a suit and tie. Women should avoid low-cut or tight clothing and opt for trousers or skirts that extend past the knee. It’s a good idea to choose clothing in light fabrics to stay as cool as possible in the heat.

2. Be Considerate of Islamic Culture

While religion shouldn’t play any part in your hiring decisions, it should be a consideration during the staffing process. Islam is a significant aspect of day-to-day life for many people. You should do your best to avoid scheduling meetings and interviews during daily prayer times. It’s important to remember religious holidays when you’re making appointments as well. During Ramadan, for example, most businesses will shorten their hours. 

3. Take Time to Build a Relationship

In Dubai, family ties and personal relationships are essential in the business world. If you don’t have any connections, it’s particularly important to make a good impression and take the time to get to know your prospective employees. Candidates will be more likely to work with you if they genuinely like you and feel that they can trust you. You should try to establish a connection with a potential hire rather than jumping right into business and expecting them to accept a job offer right away.

The Recruitment Process in Dubai

Observing local culture is just one aspect of the recruitment process in Dubai. Your recruiting team should also spend time thinking about the logistics of staffing overseas. You’ll want to develop a strategy for sourcing talent and connecting with eligible candidates. In addition, make sure you understand the laws you must follow to stay compliant as you’re recruiting and hiring new team members.

Dubai is a hub for professional networking. Many local companies choose to handle staffing and recruiting in-house. If your company doesn’t have an established presence, you might find networking to be a challenge. For this reason, consider working with a global PEO that already has business connections and a subsidiary in Dubai. Partnering with an existing entity in-country can speed up the recruitment process and ensure your company has access to the area’s top talent.

Understanding Your Legal Obligations for Staffing and Recruiting

Your company will need to follow all of the UAE’s laws throughout the recruitment process. Like many other countries, the UAE has protections in place to prevent discrimination. Constitutional law prohibits discrimination based on the following characteristics:

  • Nationality
  • Race
  • Religious belief
  • Social position

It’s important to make sure that none of these traits play a role in your company’s hiring decisions.

How to Hire Dubai Employees

The UAE includes seven Emirates, one of which is Dubai. Companies can take advantage of 45 free trade zones throughout the country, 30 of which are in Dubai. Every zone is managed by its own free zone authority, and employers have to follow the Dubai employment compliance laws for that zone.

Once you hire Dubai employees, you need to sponsor them under the correct visa in the UAE. Your company also needs the appropriate business license to obtain any visas. If you fail to get the right visa or business license, your employee will be asked to leave the country, and your company could face major fines or delays.

Dubai’s Employment Compliance Laws

Dubai employment compliance laws depend on where you are in the country. For example, the UAE Labor Law regulates all employment relationships on the mainland of the country. Employees in a free zone are regulated by employment laws adopted by the free zone authority. The two sets of labor laws aren’t always the same, so you need to make sure you’re following the rules and regulations for your respective location.

You must draft a written employment contract in both Arabic and English to apply for visa sponsorship. Every contract should include information on benefits, compensation, termination and entitlement terms. We also recommend putting all compensation and salary amounts in United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED) instead of any other currency.

Positive Ways to Onboard Employees

Onboarding your Dubai employees will be left up to your company, and you can take some steps to make employees feel more comfortable. For instance, try reviewing the employment contract and any other documents during an employee’s first day or week. You should also take the time to introduce all new hires to people in the office and other new employees.

Benefits of Dubai Hiring Outsourcing

Choosing Dubai hiring outsourcing with Globalization Partners will help you cut down the time it takes to hire. Our team will either find the right employees for your company or onboard the candidates you choose. We’ll make sure your employees can be productive from day one, and we’ll guarantee a positive hiring experience. You’ll only need to worry about growing your company — we’ll take care of the rest.

Work With Our Team Today

Globalization Partners wants to see your company succeed in Dubai and beyond. Contact us today to learn more about Dubai hiring outsourcing.

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