So You Would Like To Join Us Making Castles In The Sand. Some Middle East info
For more information on living and moving to the region, please just get in touch. We appreciate what a big move it can be for those who have never been to the Middle East before. It’s not just the physical move but for many it is a huge cultural change. We are here to hold your hand and make sure it is as smooth as possible, whether moving on your own or for those bringing their family, kids, dogs, cats etc etc.
As the most westernised of all Middle Eastern countries, the UAE continues to attract a wealth of inward investment. Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the two principle centres of the country’s seven United Emirates. Historically, Abu Dhabi is the capital and political centre, the source of most oil wealth. Most of the expats that have moved here have are involved in the oil industry and the city has grown to around 900,000 inhabitants.
Dubai, on the other hand is more diversified economically having cultivated a very international and enterprising environment. Dubai has also marketed itself aggressively as a top tourist destination with its beautiful beaches and excellent shopping. The development of Dubai as a place to live and work has been considerable. It has developed into a Westerners’ playground with luxury villas and apartments, fantastic sporting and retail facilities and a lifestyle which is the envy of many countries around the world. This coupled with the increase in quality and diversity of the work in the market, means it is now a very attractive option for professionals looking to enhance their careers.
On a GDP per capita basis, Qatar is the richest country in the world and is going through a phase of tremendous infrastructure development. Bordering the UAE and with a UK expatriate population of 10,000, Qatar enjoys a more conservative way of life than places like Dubai or Abu Dhabi. With the recent increase in oil & gas prices, Qatar is now the fastest growing economy in the world, with many of the world’s major project financing’s being arranged there. Qatar’s situation has been buoyed further by winning of the 2022 World Cup bid, which will add additional impetus to the countries development plans. The area is certainly another location which is likely to develop strongly in the years to come.
As the world’s largest producer of oil, Saudi Arabia is comfortably the largest of the Arab economies and thus remains an attractive market across a diverse range of commercial sectors.
From a lifestyle perspective, 30,000 Britons enjoy excellent facilities with spacious air-conditioned villas and modern facilities. Saudi Arabia is known for its impressive US-style shopping malls and entertainment complexes. Financially, life in Saudi can be very rewarding.
Since the 1970s, Oman has undergone a process of modernisation helped by moderate independent foreign policies and good relations with other Gulf states. In 1996, the Sultan issued new laws, which conferred basic civil liberties on Omani citizens amongst other provisions. There is a large expatriate population which makes up about one quarter of the population. Muscat is the capital, and is full of splendid architecture and culture. The sea and beach are less than 10 minutes from almost any place in the city and the locals are tolerant and friendly. Oman is a hugely popular holiday destination and a highly attractive place to live. It is also unique due to its mountainous landscape as well as deserts and beaches.
The social unrest that has somewhat blighted Bahrain recently shows some signs of abating, but as a consequence current economic activity remains affected. This uncertainty in the environment has led to some businesses reviewing their growth plans, therefore impacting negatively on the status of Bahrain as a regional hub. While their powerful Saudi neighbours are strong supporters of the government, the political instability is likely to be damaging for the tourism sector.
Traditionally Bahrain is a well-established centre of finance – particularly Islamic finance. The ability to rely upon its energy reserves has diminished and attention has been focused upon professional services. Banking and finance, together with the retail sector, are the hopes for the economy within which there are opportunities for those with business acumen and professional ability. Long-term prospects for the Bahraini market are linked to wider Gulf markets, particularly Saudi Arabia.
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Interview Tips And Techniques
Dress appropriately. Dress code: business. Dressing well can increase your confidence as well as boosting your professional image.
Arrive at least 15 minutes early! We will provide you with the complete location details. But we advise you to work out where you’re going, traveling times and transport options the day before the interview. If you can factor in more time and locate a coffee shop nearby, it may help to reduce traveling anxiety.
Have a couple of copies of your CV, all in a neat folder or portfolio case. Read through them again before you head in.
Treat the company people you encounter with courtesy and respect. Their opinions of you might be solicited during hiring decisions.
Offer a firm handshake, make eye contact, and have a friendly expression when you are greeted by your interviewer. First impressions!!
It’s very easy to be so intently focused on giving a good interview that you forget that it’s a two-way process. Notice how the reception feels, how people behave towards each other, how the interview is run, and what sense you get from the interviewer.
During the interview, don’t be afraid to pause and think. You don’t need to fire back an answer in the first millisecond — and sometimes it’s good to acknowledge that you’ll need a few moments for consideration. In general, people speak too quickly in interviews because they’re nervous, so slow down if you notice yourself racing.
Keep it short. State briefly who you are and what’s lead you to this point. But remaber this question is as much about you as a person and your life personal AND professional. Use it to develop a rapport with the interviewer.
Have a short, two or three minute response that you can give comfortably. Start with a strong statement, such as: “I am a project manager with 15 years’ experience of technology projects in the media sector.” Then follow this with a summarised chronological story showing how you got to your current career position. No career history is perfect, but if you have gaps in your CV – or lots of short jobs – have a way of telling the story around them without becoming defensive.
Avoid citing a weakness to be TOO perfect, punctual, outgoing, flexible… Instead try to cite a real weakness, however stating that it does not interfere with your ability to do the job, and that you are working to correct it.
Never discredit an ex-co-worker, tell them the real story and then add how much you listened, how much you collaborated, how well you got along afterwards.
Also here you can be honest, however mention what you have learned from the situation.
A challenging environment, an opportunity for professional development, a collaborative atmosphere.
Research the company, paying attention to news stories, their website and strategic plans.
Never state financial motivations, try something like you need a new challenge or the job seems a perfect fit in terms of both work and culture.
Yes! Always prepare questions.
Think about what you want to know about the job and the company, who your boss is, how many colleagues you will work closely with, how often your team meets, for example. Technical questions about software, systems and structures and how things are done are good. Do ask about training opportunities and opportunities for career progression. However, better not to ask about salary or terms and conditions of work until you have actually been offered the job.
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In Depth Local Industry Knowledge
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Technical Knowledge and Understanding
Local Cultural and Living Experience
Personal and Professional Approach