Hi Anna, do companies in Dubai encourage or discourage those applicants who would have to re-locate with a family. In other words, do single applicants stand a better chance of a job offer? Thanks, Lance.
Hi Lance, thanks for the question. First, it is entirely up to you if you want your family to relocate with you. The employer is only going to issue you a single work permit. If you earn more than 4000 Dirham a month, you will be able to sponsor your family to live with you.
Generally, employers would pick single job seekers over married ones, because they tend to make the transition to Dubai quicker. As a single person, you don’t have to worry about moving your family once you are settled. Finding accommodation for a single person is generally easier what with the range of hotels and hostels available throughout the city.
I recommend that you find out exactly what the employment contract entails and what is being offered with the position. Sometimes the employer will cover single accommodation only and, if you plan to move your family to Dubai, you may have to do some research to find out about family accommodation and how much it will cost. Generally the cost of living in Dubai is very expensive. It is easy for expats to live comfortably if you don’t get seduced by the luxurious lifestyle and shopping malls!
Most single expats choose to cook at home, which helps them save money. With your family around, you may have to face additional expenses. For example, if your wife is working then you will have to arrange for daycare. If your children are going to nursery school or grade school, you will have to enroll them in a private school; the fee varies from school to school so you will have to do additional research.
My advice is to weigh your options before you move there and definitely discuss it with your family. It’s easier if you know what the job is offering and how long your contract will be. Thanks and Good Luck!!