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Dubai: Ex-Expats can’t stay away, back to ‘sunny’ jobs

Dubai ex-expats flock back?

"I solemnly swear that i shall move and never come back to Dubai" said many an ex-expat.

September 10, 2012 12:24 by

Like it or not, one cannot find sufficient evidence suggesting that the Middle East hasn’t turned itself into a globally significant business and economic destination, a powerful crane magnet for tourists and the place on the wish-list of many international brands and companies. Moreover, recruitment opportunities in the region are increasing by the day, with Dubai topping that list.

International brands including over 60 percent of British retailers like ASDA and Tesco look at the Middle East as one of their highest sources of potential and future investment, with plans of expansion throughout the GCC. In fact, regardless of actual revenue predictions, many multinational corporations have begun to realize that not having, at the very least, a representative branch in Dubai would feel like ‘missing out’. Enter Facebook, LinkedIn.

While recruitment possibilities are beginning to feel like day-old bread in other parts of the world, that’s not to say that it is impossible to find your dream job anywhere else. But as current unemployment rates continue to rise like flooding water across Europe and North America, many look to the Middle East as their optimum destination for career growth and a tax-free lifestyle of glory.

Suddenly, Dubai is no longer full of expatriates and nationals but a new category (not entirely new) has joined the ranks of the population, ex-expats. Many a story Kipp has found about an inspiring journey of an expatriate who lived in Dubai, decided it was time to leave but found the economic and work situation back home extremely bleak and disappointing, only to happily trot back to the UAE at the sign of an opportunity.

What is it exactly about the city and its Middle Eastern counterparts that pull back expatriates who have lived and seen it all and, at some point, made the decision to leave? Well, a shiny lifestyle and sunny skies are usually among the list of pros but Jennifer Campori, Managing Director of Charterhouse Recruitment in Dubai, has given The National other arguments too.

“Having previous experience of working in the UAE is hugely attractive for employers in this country because it’s easier for people to settle when they return and they know how things work here,” said Ms Campori. Kipp is all but ready to argue with Campori’s words, as anyone familiar with the hiring process in the Gulf would know that regional experience isn’t like an unpolished diamond but rather, a sparkling Gem.

Campori also argues that while the trends of recruitment in, shall we say, Europe remain relatively stagnant, the UAE is once again regaining some of its lost attraction as its recruitment charts continue to point up. A regional recruitment giant,, released amazingly positive results collected through its survey indicating that over 50 percent of employers in the UAE are gearing up to fill many job vacancies over the next three months and beyond.

Kipp sees more and more evidence that Dubai is, if not already, coming back and finding its feet once again. Having said that, if you consider yourself a veteran of the city but are nevertheless planning to relocate make sure to plan and watch out for changes in taxes, cost of living, exchange rates, investment savings and a practical adaptation of lifestyle. Otherwise, dust off your CV and start sending!

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  1. chaz on September 11, 2012 6:16 am

    the article in The National is interesting in that it says the increase in people coming back is mostly from India.

    If it is all so bad in Europe I wonder why they are not coming back!

  2. Tarek Aziz on September 11, 2012 4:31 pm

    No they are not coming to Dubai. Indian economy is simply booming and people are getting good jobs in India.

  3. thina on December 6, 2012 6:04 pm

    european are not coming back because of the hiring process,it is too slow…


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