Is it easy to find job in Dubai?
I’ve been receiving lot of questions both from people I know and from readers on how they can come to Dubai. Most of the queries are:
- Is it easy to find a job?
- How much is the salary?
- Can you sponsor me?
- How much is the visa/air ticket?
- What’s the procedure of getting a visa?
I received this mail from Arlyn and instead of replying to her directly, I thought why not just write a post about it. It would spare me from repeating myself to friends and family asking on how to do it.
I also have a question. I’ve been planning to go there in Dubai for a greener pasture opportunity. However, I don’t have any relatives there whom can assist me with the Visa. Is the cross country thing safe? Say, I’ll go to HK then Dubai and I believe there is Visa offered upon arrival. Will that work?- ARLYN
I first came to Dubai as a visit visa holder too.We were a group of friends who tried our luck in this city and stayed in Satwa as bed spacers. Since I didn’t have a laptop yet (and there’s no wifi in our villa), I would visit computer shops everyday and apply for jobs online. I also experienced doing ‘walk-in applications’ (submitting resumes to companies even though they don’t have any vacancy). I consider myself lucky that I found a job as a receptionist in a catering company just two weeks after I landed. It wasn’t the case with my friends and some of the people I know who needed to ‘exit’ (a term which means exiting UAE and come back either on a visit visa or employment visa). (more…)
This was originally posted on my other blog which I am not updating anymore. I decided to repost it here. This happened last March 2015, just less than 3 weeks before our scheduled flight to Italy for holidays. I added more info in case this happens to you. I hope not…
I came to office very early feeling stressed-out as I have to finish a lot of things before I leave the company (Post edit: I’m serving my notice period that time). I prepared a to-do list and looking forward to a busy and productive day. I will be joining my new company next week and I want to make sure that my handover is complete.
But before anything else, I thought of cleaning the contents of my bag. That’s when my horror story started… (more…)
The Albub Fever
Ok, before you hail me as the president of Aldub fan club in the UAE, I’ll be honest. I only watch the Kalyeserye episodes every Saturday (and even sometimes miss it) because A.) I don’t have the time and B.) I feel that the interesting episodes only happen during Saturdays. Of course I might be wrong but I think there’s majority of fans who falls under the same category.
I was able to watch the first time Yaya Dub saw Alden. It’s not scripted and her reaction was too cute. It seems that she has real-life crush on Alden. That day, she was doing her Dubsmash routine when she saw Alden via split screen and breaks out of her non-smiling character. Yiiihhh! 👫
Gourmet Society has sent me their infographic primer about Filipino Food Dining Etiquette. I thought it’s funny and really informative for non-Filipinos on what to expect whenever they dine with our tribe 🙂
Infographics Created by Gourmet Society Philippines (more…)
Soy Restaurant – IBN Battuta Mall
It was a choice between having our lunch at Jones the Grocer or go straight to Ibn Battuta mall where we need to return our tablets for repair (but no, Geant didn’t accept the tablets 🙁 ) I am craving for Jones’ prawn linguini for weeks now but we’re undecided because of parking issues. When we saw the long line of cars on the exit going to Jones the Grocer, we knew that we just need to visit some other day.
It was an easy decision to eat at Soy. My husband didn’t need convincing and my son, who now has his preferred restaurants and menu type, also agreed. We’ve eaten here several times and tried most of the menu. I’m giving you some idea of what to expect when visiting this restaurant. (more…)
IBN Battuta Mall is included in my 25 inexpensive places to visit in Dubai so I thought it would be a good idea to give a better review of this mall for those who plan to include this in their travel itinerary.
As you can expect from someone living here for more than 10 years, I’ve lost count how many times I’ve visited this mall. We never fail to go here whenever we have guests aside from the fact that I worked in this area for more than 6 years and this was our go-to place for lunch-outs.
But now that I’m blogging and trying to document the places I’m visiting, I find it amusing that when we visited this mall today, I found out several interesting things that I’ve never noticed before. How come I don’t know there’s a bowling centre here? Toinks!
My other blog
I actually have another blog, www.youdeserveit.me which is where I am writing my thoughts about personal finance, savings, positivity, and everything else in between. I created this blog with the intention of just writing anything that I can think of. KSP lang. But then, when I’ve noticed that people are actually reading it, I realized that they might have found some sense on what I am writing and I could be of help to them. But I still want to talk about my travels, my food adventures, and my kids. So what can I do? The solution – create another blog and that’s how Filipina Expat was born.
What Filipinos Should Expect Living in Dubai?
We might have different reasons why we took that brave move to fly in another country and live thousands of miles away from home. Either we are looking for adventure – new scenery, new life, new people, new environment. It might be a career move for some. Or the constant search for greener pastures and improve our quality of life.
Although our mind is already set with the move, it can’t be avoided that we will feel anxious, uncertain and doubtful if our decision is correct. Assimilating to a new country is not easy. Different culture, different language and you shouldn’t expect that life will be oh so rosy! You need to research about the country and see if you will still be interested once the excitement wears off. (more…)