Top Job Sectors in Dubai

Dubai is a city that never stops.  From a quiet outpost in the desert to becoming a world class tourist and business destination, Dubai has transformed itself, and still continues its lightning pace development. 

Even though Philippines is 4,300 miles away from Dubai, the number of Filipinos (male and female) take up around 21.3% of the city’s total residents, or around 450,000* individuals.  Nearly half of all OFW’s who reside and work abroad in Dubai are Filipina caretakers. In addition, construction as well as hospitality and tourism are also expected to see big demands in labor requirements as the government implements Dubai 2020 vision, and get the city ready to host the World Expo in 2020. This means that there will be more jobs in Dubai for OFWs in the coming years.


Filipinas in Dubai are highly sought after to workabroad as Caretakers.  They are viewed as people with “good English …and a reputation for kindness and reliability.”  Even though they are in demand, they are also highly susceptible to labor abuse.  One of the most common practice of human rights violation is employees retaining the worker’s passport during the employment contract.  This prevents workers from seeking other jobs during the term.   In addition, there have been cases where employers confiscate the cellphones of their domestic helpers and ignore mandatory minimum wage.  Nonetheless, the prospect of bettering their livelihood still attracts many hopefuls.  


Dubai is undergoing its “next wave of development” after bouncing back from the 2008 financial crisis.  According to Citi’s MENA Project Tracker, $2.5 trillion of projects are under development across Middle East, and 60% are in just two countries UAE and Saudi Arabia.  Divided by sector, just over $1 trillion is being invested in real estate and the rest in infrastructural schemes.  According to Deloitte, Dubai will have a shortage of half a million construction worker in the near future.  This shows that the emirate has fully recovered from the fallout of the global economic crisis.  Shortage is apparent in all levels, from architects to laborers.  In addition, Dubai is also planning to host World Expo 2020, with plans to build more hotels for the event.  The government has set a target of doubling the emirate’s hotel bed capacity by 2020.   In total, the gov’t will invest $3.4bn in projects and exhibitions associated with the event. 

Hospitality and Tourism

With plans to double the Emirate’s bed capacity for World Expo 2020, it is not surprising that the industry is on a hiring spree.  It’s reputation as a destination for both holiday and business trips, helped achieve the highest hotel occupancy rate in the world, exceeding 85 to 90% for long periods of time.  Not resting in its laurels, the government plans to add more than 10 spectacular projects as part of its Vision 2020 plan.  Projects include museums, water canals, marina, beach front development, all in an effort to add to it’s already WOW factor and boost tourism arrivals to exceed 20 million by 2020, 10 million tourist visited Dubai in 2012.  The future definitely looks bright for UAE.

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