Dubai is the most populous and largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dubai, which has grown tremendously economically, is one of the most visited cities globally. Situated on the Southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, she has grown in significance as a major transport hub – passengers and cargo – with the 4th busiest airport globally. In the past years, Dubai has grown in popularity amongst Nigerians – political bigwigs,  shopaholics, tourists, students and the likes.

However, there have been negative news about the sojourn of some Nigerians, and also misinformation about being employed in Dubai. To avoid harassment from the government and subsequent deportation, it is important to know how to get a job in the most liveable city in the Middle East according to Mercer Consulting (2013).

The only way to work in Dubai and the rest of the UAE legally is by obtaining a work/employment visa, as it is illegal to work while on a visit or tourist visa. Persons who are caught working without an employment visa will be deported according to the Ministry of Labour. As stated above, getting a job requires an employment visa, which requires being recruited by an employer (who will apply for an employment visa on your behalf). To get a job, you have to search for them.


Here are the most popular job sites in Dubai and by extension, the Middle East.

  1. Authority Job: One of the most popular in the country and region. It provides free job listing.
  1. Naukrigulf: Popular amongst employers looking for employees.
  1. Bayt: Similar to Naukrigulf.
  1. Laimoon: Another popular site, but contains less jobs compared to others.
  1. HigherEdJobs: For jobs in the academia.
  1. GulfTalent: Fast growing in popularity amongst job-seekers. Model is similar to Naukrigulf and Bayt.
  1. Gulf News: Popular English newspaper with a portal for jobs.
  1. Khaleejtimes: UAE’s oldest running English newspaper. It has a separate tabloid – KT Buzzon – carrying advertisements on various vacancies.
  1. Nadia: This is Dubai’s Dragnet. A top recruitment firm that offer services such as: Executive staffing, psychometric testing, employees’ training, wage and compensation surveys etc.

The following are international staffing firms with presence in Dubai. These firms recruit on behalf of some of the world’s top corporations.

  1. Hays Plc UAE
  2. Hay Group UAE
  3. Adecco Middle East
  4. Randstad MENA
  5. Monster Gulf
  6. ManpowerGroup Dubai
  7. EFinancial Careers Gulf: Here, you can find jobs in the financial sector. Dubai is the 18th most powerful financial centre globally according to Z/Yen group, above Boston and Shenzen, making her a finance hotspot located within three continents (Asia, Africa and Europe).
  8. Others include Indeed Dubai, LinkedIn, CareerJetDubai, Akhtaboot etc

Unlike GCC citizens who don’t require visas before entry into the UAE or 33 countries’ citizens who get visas on arrival in Dubai, Nigerians require an entry permit and a sponsor prior to arrival into the country. This happens when the sponsor applies for the visa on behalf of the intending migrant. The type of visa applied for depends on the permit solicited for, such as residency, work, visiting friends or relatives.

A CV tip for Dubai jobs: Ensure you include a photograph in your CV. Functional, chronological and combined CV formats are accepted in the UAE. A cover letter is also necessary.

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