Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Advertising and Media Industry Jobs in Dubai

Advertising and Media Industry Jobs in Dubai

The media in Dubai is surprisingly liberal for a state ruled by an Islamic monarchy. A wide range of television and radio channels via Cable and Satellite services, in English, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, French, Russian, Malayalam and Tamil, is perfectly complemented by the multilingual print media. In addition, even the new media aspects such as the internet features of Dubai-based websites are multicultural, multilingual and certainly multifarious. The advertising and media industry thrives in Dubai, making the most of the resources to bring the entire world right to the doorstep of Dubai's largely expatriate community.

Jobs in Dubai related to advertising and media pay very well, especially if you have the experience and qualifications to provide your employer with exactly what they want. Since Dubai Media City (DMC) was launched in 2000, many international media corporations have established offices within its premises, including Reuters, BBC and CNN. From newscasting to animation and film production, Dubai Media City is second to none in state-of-the-art facilities, comprehensive workshops and cutting-edge design studios. Besides DMC, Dubai's many regions house plenty of media houses and advertising agencies, all catering to the impressive and massive market.

Some of the popular advertising and media industry jobs in Dubai include art directing, media planning, public relations, client servicing, account management, graphic designing, bilingual copywriting, reporting, editing and proofreading, media buying, event coordinating and television commercial modelling/promotional hostessing. Both Arabic and English are used in general communication. Salaries will depend on your relevant experience and qualifications, as well as your ability to communicate in different languages.

Advertising and media industry jobs in Dubai offer a gateway into the international arts/entertainment/media sectors. The variety of jobs available are filled by multinational candidates and if you step into an advertising agency or media house, you'll notice the employees are from countries around the world. A typical media company will have Arabs, Indians, Africans, Europeans and Pacific natives. The thriving media industry is partly fuelled by these masterminds of separate cultures, which helps in catering to the massive expatriate population in Dubai.

Monday, February 7, 2011

2011 Real Estate Sector Jobs In Dubai

Real Estate Sector Jobs In Dubai

Dubai real estate gained international attention in around early 2002, when freehold property sales became an instant sensation in the market. Unlike the previous property laws stipulating only local citizens can own Dubai property, a decree was issued by the ruler to allow foreigners to own property in Dubai.

With this new law, Dubai saw a massive real estate boom, building freehold property from end to end in a variety of designated areas in Dubai. This led to an expansion in the construction sector as well. A large number of Dubai-based real estate companies sprang up within the next two years, creating thousands of job opportunities for people seeking Dubai real estate sector jobs.

Today, the Dubai real estate sector employs over 40,000 people, in a wide range of job positions, such as consultants, marketing and sales personnel, customer service agents, evaluators, surveyors, brokers, architects, structural engineers and interior designers. On any given day, hundreds of Dubai real estate job vacancies can be found in local newspapers and recruitment websites.

Despite the recent economic slump, Dubai real estate continues to prosper, although there are some delays in new development projects and difficulties in securing financing for new purchases, resulting in job cuts where the workforce is redundant. Overall, Dubai real estate sector jobs are relatively secure, especially in comparison to jobs in the automotive, aviation and insurance industries. Those involved in architecture, structural engineering, interior designing and property modelling have a good chance of finding new real estate jobs in Dubai.

In terms of the global recession, Dubai is still to feel the pinch in all its extent. The government supported projects are going ahead with just a few delays, completed property is currently being sold and the minor setbacks are to be solved within the next year. Dubai real estate jobs are a good choice if you are seeking to earn a relatively high salary, but they are best for the hard working and dedicated persons.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Dubai Employment Visa Information

Dubai Employment Visa Information

It's no secret that jobs in Dubai provide many expatriates a way of making a very good income, while acquiring international experience and learning to live harmoniously in a multicultural environment. Since nearly 90% of the population in Dubai comprises expatriates, Dubai jobs are offered in a multifarious atmosphere, which provides a wonderful platform for building bridges between cultures, languages, religions and races. All employees are protected by the Ministry of Labour, as long as they fit under specified criteria and follow rules and regulations.

There's no permanent residency or citizenship offers to expatriates in Dubai. Locals, who are referred to as UAE nationals, are the only people who hold citizenship rights. Everyone else who lives in Dubai on a long-term basis is given a residency visa, which is valid for three years with a renew option every third year. In most cases, people who come to Dubai in search of jobs are provided with an employment visa by the hiring company, which is the employee's ticket to living in Dubai. The employment visa and residency visa for an employee is one and the same.

So, in general, the company that hires you for a job holds the right to extend or cancel your visa after three years of service. If you change employers during the first three years of employment and the current contract specifies clauses where it states you cannot do so, your employer can demand for compensation in the form of travel, moving and visa costs. You can be banned from working in Dubai as well, at least for six months. It's important to be careful and understand all rules, regulations and company agreements when you start a job in Dubai.

After you've found a Dubai job and received an offer, get it all in a written agreement, as verbal promises are useless. Ask for your employment visa prior to entering Dubai to start your job. Ensure your employment contracts states all your benefits and remuneration details, in addition to the work hours, work week, duties and responsibilities, leave allowances etc. Benefits offered with Dubai jobs include accommodation facilities, daily commuting facilities, annual airline ticket to your home country and medical insurance. However, all of these will depend on what your job is and the company hiring you as their employee.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Freehold vs Leasehold Property in Dubai 2010

Freehold vs Leasehold Property in Dubai

The Dubai property market is experiencing a yo-yo effect these days, but it hasn't stopped the investors coming in or the developers from completing their projects. Among the most in-demand Dubai real estate types, freehold property takes the highest place. What is freehold and how is it different to regular leasehold property? In simple terms, it means expatriates can own property in Dubai, although they are not citizens. While the general public would be happy with that brief explanation, investors need to know much more about the difference between freehold and leasehold property and how the options affect their investment decisions in Dubai.

Typically, when you are a freehold property owner, you own all the rights to the property as a whole, which includes the building and the land on which it's situated. But in Dubai, freehold property is restricted to owning just the building and not the land. This is because law stipulates that no foreigner can own land in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai has limited freehold property developments to specific communities, which are liberally available for investors and end-buyers. Within main city areas, the majority of the property is still leasehold and only owned by UAE nationals. Even without complete autonomy, freehold Dubai property is always more appealing for buyers and investors, because it allows them to do as they please with their property, as long as it's within legislation and planning laws imposed by the Dubai government.

With leasehold, you only have the right of abode for a specified time period, such as one year, two years or more. Sometimes, the lease period can be for several decades. In general, leasehold property cannot be modified at will by the tenant. But in a more beneficial way, a leasehold property owner can rely on the property's original owners to supply maintenance and security services, while freehold property owners don't have that facility. In Dubai, this differs a little with modern freehold property, because the developers contract building maintenance and 24-hour security services before they sell the property to investors and end buyers.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Dubai Souqs and Bazaars

Dubai Souqs & Bazaars

The Dubai souqs are the most popular among visitors, partly because of the bargains, but mostly because of the massive selection available for every conceivable type of product. The Dubai souqs are not as fascinating as the true traditional and ancient souqs in Marrakesh, Morocco or Mutrah, Oman, but it's the most crowded on any given day. The early souqs were focused on trading in spices, silks, perfumes and precious metals, but now the markets have expanded to include consumer electronics, household appliances, gaming systems, toys and novelties and much more.

Deira, which is mainly residential and the oldest section of Dubai, houses the majority of the souqs, including the famous Gold Souq and Spice Souq. If time permits, you can visit both sides of the Dubai Creek, by crossing the creek on an abra (small wooden raft-like vessel), which costs you just one dirham. (around $0.25). The souqs open as early as 7:00 am daily (except on Friday) and stay open till 12:00 noon, which is the start of the mid-afternoon break. They re-open at 5:00 pm and stay open till 7:00 pm. Thursdays and Fridays are best avoided if you are looking for leisurely shopping, as these are the busiest days at the souq (Dubai's weekend).

The Dubai Gold Souq is the most sought-after bargain hunting destination for tourists. You can be at the Dubai Gold Souq all day and be unable to decide on a single purchase, such is the vast variety of gold, diamonds, silver, pearls, emeralds, rubies and amethysts. If you're only window-shopping, you can simply start from one street and finish at the other end, but people who visit the Dubai Gold Souq rarely go away without buying something. Thousands of shops line the streets and the prices are often less than half of what you'll find in the rest of the world.

Then, there's the Dubai Spice Souq. The aroma will waft across your nostrils, tempting you to try one after another of the amazingly delightful spices from the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Stocked from shelf to shelf above and row to row on the floor, the spice stalls now line a few narrow streets, shadowed by the new cheap goods stalls coming up all around. The diminishing number of stalls are perhaps due to another reason – all super markets in Dubai today offer a wide range of spices too. Regardless, if a cultural experience is what you need, you simply have to visit the Spice Souq.

Other Dubai souqs include the Textile Souq, Bur Dubai Souq, Satwa Souq, Food Souq, Perfume Souq, Electronics Souq, Mina Bazaar and the Fish Market. Despite Dubai's prevalent mall culture, these souqs are a perfect for an off-the-beaten path shopping experience.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Dubai Real Estate Laws And Regulations

Dubai Real Estate Laws And Regulations

Real estate anywhere in the world is a market to be watched closely and analysed continuously throughout time. In Dubai, the property market has been booming since early 2001, with major development projects popping up all over the emirate and even on its seas. While the boom may have caused and influx of foreign investors to rush in and grab a slice of this hot-selling cake, the market is finally undergoing its overdue correction, with several laws and regulations tightened, modified and added by the authorities. Dubai real estate laws and regulations are much more effective at present, protecting both buyers and sellers in the right way.

In addition to the basic laws stipulating how locals and foreigners can own property in Dubai, mid 2008 saw three major changes in the Dubai real estate laws and regulations. For a long time, Dubai's property market was based on prices produced through speculation, often resulting in off-plan property selling well over the actual value, even in the resale market. Mortgages were ridiculously planned out, with rights and obligations of parties unclear in the contracts. Many developers falsely claimed to offer guaranteed residency visas for property buyers, when in fact they can't guarantee any such thing.

In response to this corruption level, the authorities began redefining the laws to curb speculation, level the playing field in general and regulate the Dubai real estate market. As of now, no one can buy off-plan property and resell it without incurring a 30% taxation on it, mortgage contracts offered by all financial institutions and developers have to be precise and defined and the link between property ownership and residency visas is clarified. These laws may seem like a double-edged sword, but taken in their entirety, legitimate investors will come off with profits anyway, while weeding out the unscrupulous ones.

The authorities have acted on these in a timely manner, creating a more mature property market than the helter-skelter corrupted market of just a few months ago. Establishing the Real Estate Regulatory Agency and the Dubai Property Court have contributed to more benefits for buyers and sellers in general.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Dubai Shopping Festivals, a Must Visit in 2010

Dubai Shopping Festivals, a Must Visit in 2010

Dubai and shopping go hand in hand, with Dubai often referred to as a global bargain shopping destination. Besides the massive modern malls with designer goods and brand name products and the traditional souqs and bazaars along the old streets, Dubai has another aspect of shopping – the Dubai shopping festivals. The two most prominent among these are the annual Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises.

The Dubai Shopping Festival was launched in 1996, aimed at energising the existing Dubai retail trading sector. Attracting approximately three million visitors to Dubai during its hosting, the Dubai Shopping Festival has since then been primarily recognised as a yearly tourist attraction. The festival is generally held between December and February and lasts 30 consecutive days. Unlike street markets and festivals, the Dubai Shopping Festival is celebrated all over Dubai city, with shops located everywhere joining in with discounted offers on whatever they sell. The night skies are lit up with fireworks and bright party lights, raffle draws are aplenty and the general atmosphere is of a jubilant nature. Tourists come to Dubai during this time not just because it's a haven for tax-free shopping, but for the variety of entertainment events taking place during the festival as well.

Along with the Dubai Shopping Festival each year, Global Village comes to life too. Global Village is an innovative concept designed to invite global traders to sell goodies native to their country in specified stalls. Segregated to country-specific sections, the Global Village houses halls upon halls of unique products from countries such as India, China, Iran, Egypt, Bangladesh, South Africa, Russia and many more. In addition to the shopping gala, entertainment events, children's activities, amusement rides and shows are all included in the Global Village festivities.
The Dubai Summer Surprises festival is the summer counterpart of Dubai Shopping festival, although it's not yet as popular as the original winter season celebration. The Dubai Summer Surprises was launched as a means of attracting tourists to Dubai even during the sizzling summer days, which often sees only a handful of tourists visiting the city.
Photo by austinevan

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Dubai Atlantis Resort

Dubai Atlantis Resort

Opened in November, 2008, the Dubai Atlantis Resort is one of the most amazing resort experiences once can experience. Breathtaking to see and live, the Atlantis is world renowned for not only its beauty, but also for its first class service, rooms, amenities, and setting.
Dubai Atlantis

With over 1,300 rooms and more than 150 deluxe suites, shared between two hotel towers and linked by a beautiful archway, the Dubai Atlantis Resort is similar to its sister resort in the Bahamas. However the Dubai Atlantis offers even more for the particular traveler. For, not only is it a hotel and resort, the Dubai Atlantis also boasts a theme park for entertainment of a different sort.

Dubai Atlantis offers 7 world-class eateries, including gastronomical pleasures from Japan, Italy, France, Arabic, and New York Steakhouse styles. The resort also offers higher end boutiques such as Tiffany and Company, Cartier, and Villa Moda. Even offering special activities and areas for children and teenagers, Dubai Atlantis includes Atlantis' Kids Club, with supervised activities in separate areas and Club Rush, a 'no kid' and 'no adult' zone for teenagers with video games, movies and internet access.

As a world class water resort, it should be no surprise that the Dubai Atlantis features fantastic water adventures for guests of all ages and interests. Some of these features include Aquaventure, a 17 hectacre theme park with river rides, a huge waterslide called the Ziggurat, with its experience of sliding through a shark filled lagoon, and the Royal Towers private beach.
No resort is complete without spa services, and Dubai Atlantis does not disappoint. In fact, the average guest may feel overwhelmed with the variety and quality of the services available, including full treatment rooms for massage, sauna, jacuzzi, and a complete fitness centre.
For a world-class, once in a lifetime experience, visit Dubai Atlantis Resort located in the heart of the gulf.
Photo by Britrob

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dubai Tourism 2010

Dubai Tourism 2010

“Nowhere Like Dubai” is the official slogan of the Dubai tourism department, and unlike most locations that claim this moniker, Dubai truly is like nowhere else on earth. What was originally a small fishing community is now a world-class city that features amazing accommodations and tourist activities.
Although a very new city, many visitors are not aware, until they visit, that Dubai has a rich history and cultural heritage. In fact, archaeologists have found evidence of human settlement in the area from as far back as 4,000 years. More recently, though, the city of Dubai can be traced to around 1830 when it was founded among a string of over fishing locales along the gulf coast. Many prized historical items can be found in Dubai's city museum.
Admittedly, however, most tourists are attracted to Dubai not because of its deep historical roots, but rather to its world renowned sites that truly baffle the visitors' imaginations. Some of these locations include absolutely astounding shopping and entertainment opportunities. There are mind-blowing attractions such as the Dubai Marina, set to be the worlds largest marina and built in the shape of a palm tree, the Burj Dubai which will be the worlds tallest skyscraper at an astounding 2,684 feet (818 meters), and Dubiaiand, an entertainment complex complete with six zones or worlds including the Eco-Tourism, Sports, Retail and Entertainment, and Downtown worlds. Within the city there are thousands of unique dining experiences for every taste and palette.
In just 30 years, Dubai has transformed itself from a regional center to a worldwide one, where visitors from around the world come to take in the fabulous sites, and tickle all of their senses. With a population of over 2 million people, Dubai is truly one of the worlds wonders with its feast of world class offerings.
Photo by Britrob

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Is Dubai Officially Bankrupt

Is Dubai Officially Bankrupt?

World markets are in a tremor with the news that Dubai may be going bankrupt, but like so many news items, this may be another one where the announcements by media are exaggerated, and so, too, are the reactions. In times like these, it is important to take a deep breath and ask some critical questions. Namely, does the announcement made by Dubai mean inevitable bankruptcy, and, if so, how would that affect plans to visit and/or invest in this state-of-the-art city.

The bottom line is that the rumors aren't true. Dubai is not bankrupt, nor is that necessarily an inevitability. Basically what has happened is that Dubai was going to ask its creditors to suspend payments on its $60 billion of debt for at least six months. In a panic reaction, some world stock markets 'crashed,' including in India, fearing the worst.

The Dubai World conglomerate has many financial interests, and in a wide variety of projects and locations. Dubai itself is one of its crown jewels, both a tourist mecca and financial powerhouse. Dubai World conglomerate is highly unlikely to 'go under' since it has a business partner and fellow emerite called Abu Dhabi, which has already bailed out its 'younger brother' earlier in November.

In fact, most financial analysts are predicting long-term financial health for Dubai since this particular 'bump' is an indication of its cleaning up its debt-heavy standing. So, the predictions of the worst-case scenario are premature, and can be quite damaging, as it plants fear in potential investors, and in tourists who might have been considering an adventure to this exotic city.

Dubai is a huge, flashy and exciting city; their future is secured in the short-term, and also the long-term. The wise investor, in fact, would look at this recent announcement as an amazing opportunity to reap the rewards of patience, and the hesitant tourist would also benefit from the city's desire to work even harder to please its visitors.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Panoramic View of Dubai

Amazing Panoramic View of Dubai

Check out this astonishing panoramic view of Dubai. You can see the Dubai Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Fountain, Burj Dubai and amazing World Islands.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Dubai - The Business Etiquette

Dubai - The Business Etiquette

While most of Dubai's modern ways have blended in with how business is done in the emirate, there are a few things to be remembered when you head off to the next meeting with Arab nationals in Dubai.
Amazing Dubai

First, if you are not an Arab national, don't wear the traditional Arab clothing. Dress to impress and a smartly conservative suit will suffice regardless of whether it's night or day. Avoid asking anyone about their punctuality, because in the Arab world, being late is not a big deal. The meeting will most likely start later than the stipulated time, so expect a few late arrivals. The traditional Arabic greeting is not expected from a foreign national, so there's no need to worry about it. A simple firm handshake will be enough. However, remember not to offer your hand in greeting to an Arab female, unless she offers her hand first.

Be respectful to everyone at all times. Avoid sitting with your feet pointing directly at anyone, as it's considered very rude. Outright criticism is heavily discouraged and any such comments should be done privately. No decisions are rushed, so you'll have to spend a few precious minutes chit-chatting and enjoying snacks.

While the above may seem to take a long time for business meetings, you might be caught off-guard when the pace picks up suddenly, as they do in business meetings in Dubai. Quite often, the late-to-start meeting will be concluded within 1/3rd of the actual allocated time. Lunch meetings are more common than evening ones and it should be noted no alcohol is served in public and a request for such beverages is considered insulting. Avoid politics too and if the subject comes up, don't take sides. No meetings or business processes will take place on Friday, so never suggest anything 'business' for Friday.


Monday, January 19, 2009

Major Developments On Palm Jumeirah

Major Developments On Dubai Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah, the very first artificially created, massive geographical marvel in the world, is now home to over 4000 residents. But, the island is also a place filled with signature developments by various international and local entrepreneurs. Some of these are hotels and resorts, while others are leisure and recreational facilities. The Palm Jumeirah is world-renowned for its ground-breaking venture, where the world's geographical map was readjusted to expand Dubai's shoreline by 100%.
Trump International Hotel & Tower

Two of the heavily highlighted developments on the Palm Jumeirah are the Trump International Hotel & Tower and Atlantis-The Palm. As luxurious as it gets, these two luxury hotels are surrounded by the best of international standard facilities and amenities. The Trump International Hotel & Tower will be a landmark development, scheduled to open its doors by 2010.
Atlantis - Palm Jumeirah

The luxury hotel-condominium complex will be the centrepiece of Palm Jumeirah, attracting the elite society to its glamourous interior. The split-linked open core design of the tower has earned it loads of architectural praise for the innovative and modern concept. The 49-level mixed-use luxury complex will comprise 300 rooms in its five-star hotel and 360 freehold residential apartments in its tower. A private beach and yacht club, gymnasium, tennis courts, pools, gardens and fitness centres will also be part of Trump Dubai.

Atlantis-The Palm, which opened in September 2008, is another attention-worthy major development located in Palm Jumeirah. Complete with an underwater world theme park and design concept, the Atlantis is open to both guests and the public who simply wish to get a glimpse of the luxury and entertainment available.

Besides these two iconic projects, the Palm Jumeirah is home to several residential communities, including the acclaimed Fairmont Palm Residence, Oceana, Golden Mile, Shoreline Apartments and the Tiara Residences. Majority of the residential villas and apartments are located on the beachfront, with luxurious private beach facilities.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Major Developments on Palm Jebel Ali

Dubai Palm Islands - Major Developments on Palm Jebel Ali

The mid-sized sister project of Palm Jumeirah and Palm Deira, the Palm Jebel Ali in Dubai is primarily a location for residential living and touristic entertainment. The six marinas, water homes, sea village and a water theme park are all testament to this concept. While the Palm Jumeirah focuses on luxury hotels and residences, the Palm Jebel Ali is inclined towards presenting a marine tourist destination, with some allocation for residences. Similar to the other palm islands, the Palm Jebel Ali's trunk holds most of the interesting locations, such as the Sea Village. Residential communities on the island will be divided as Signature Villas, Town Homes and Garden Homes.

The majority of residences are built on the fronds and the sea region between the crescent and fronds (water homes). The 1060 water homes, built on stilts based under the sea, are the highlights of the developments going on within the Palm Jebel Ali. From an aerial viewpoint, the water homes are structured to display an Arabic verse authored by the current Ruler of Dubai, HRH Sheikh Mohammed. Spanning across 12 kilometres, the water homes hover 8 to 10 metres above the sea water and is built with concrete foundation poles and wooden materials. Each water home consists of 4 bedrooms and is offered with a private mooring berth.

The Sea Village, covering a length of 2.4 kilometres along the island's trunk, is an authentic sea aquarium, presenting deep-sea life forms, including killer whales. The theme park and entertainment venue will have plenty of guests in the near future. There are eight separate hotels offering all modern facilities and amenities, located within easily accessible distance to the Sea Village.

Finally, the crescent of the Palm Jebel Ali, which is also the breakwater, offers 32 luxury hotels and resorts, all based on the marina and beach themes. The Palm Jebel Ali is to be fully completed in 2009.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Dubai Islands - Palm Deira Progress

The Steady Progress of Palm Deira, Dubai

Palm Deira, the largest among the three Palm Island projects, is the newcomer with great expectations. The island's construction was begun in 2005, several years after the two other palm islands were initiated. The Palm Deira was not in the original master plan and was added in 2004 because the Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali could not meet the demands of property buyers.

Located on the outer coastal area of the highly residential Deira district in Dubai, the Palm Deira is eight times larger than the original palm island, Palm Jumeirah. Instead of the usual 17 fronds, this development was to have 41, creating a massive land area for various purposes. But, after a substantial alteration in sea levels during mid 2007, the design was redone, leaving just 18 very large fronds in substitution.

The Palm Deira is scheduled for completion in 2015, but 2020 would be a more accurate estimate, because of the existing market conditions and slight decline in the Dubai real estate development sector. According to some experts, minor developments and adjustments will continue until around 2040, although a majority of the residential and commercial complexes will be ready for handover by 2015. Several infrastructural aspects of the Palm Deira project are already complete, including a bridge linking the mainland and the island.

Since the island is gigantic in terms of development, it will be completed in nine phases. Referred to as the Nine Islands, these phases will focus on developing smaller sections of the palm and handing over such completed sections to buyers. This method will eliminate unnecessary delays and buyer impatience.

The nine island phases are Deira Island; Front, Mamzar, North, South, Central and Trunk, as well as the Palm;Crown, Fronds and Crescent. Deira Island Front acts as the portal between mainland Dubai and the island. Luxurious residences, large marinas, massive scale recreational facilities, a central business district, dhow wharfs, shipyards and many other sophisticated residential and commercial amenities are available on the Palm Deira island.