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The Middle East

This section will provide some information about how to find work in the following countries:

United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia

The Middle East is a fast-growing and diverse region, with many graduates deciding to live and work in this area of the world. With English being widely spoken throughout these countries the Middle East is a good option for those who do not speak another language; however the ability to speak, read and write Arabic is a major advantage when looking for work. 

As with most countries outside of Europe it is important to research the VISA options that are open to you for your chosen destination, unless you are returning to your home country. Please remember that the Global Employability Consultants are unable to provide VISA advice so it is important that you research your options carefully.

United Arab Emirates-

With more than three-quarters of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) workforce being expatriate, it has become a significant employment destination for people with the correct skills. You may find that opportunities are increasing in tourism and hospitality in the UAE as this country becomes of more interest to businesses and tourists alike. While English is the language of business, being able to speak and write Arabic will give you an advantage when looking for work.


Major industries: petroleum and petrochemicals; fishing, aluminium, cement, fertilizers, commercial ship repair, construction materials, some boat building, handicrafts, textiles.


Major companies: Microsoft Gulf, Marriot, FedEx Express, THE One, DHL, Ericsson, Omnicom Media Group MENA, Securities and Commodities Authority, Bayt.com, EMC


Some Useful Websites:


Country Information:

AGCAS country guide

Target Jobs country guide

Prospects: Working in the United Arab Emirates

Going Global: you will need to log in through MyCareerZone or on a University PC for the first time to create your own log in as this is a University subscription.

Uk Trade & Investment Advice 

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office Country Guide

Job search sites & resources:


Dubai Jobs

Gulf Talent


CV & application advice for the Middle East


For more information about finding work in the UAE, please book an appointment with one of our Global Employability Advisors via the My Careers Zone desk. 


Saudi Arabia-

UK graduates seeking work in Saudi Arabia could find jobs in the oil industry, with opportunities also available in areas such as healthcare, teaching and IT

Major industries: Oil is the main industry in Saudi Arabia (detection, extraction, refinement, production and distribution). It has around a quarter of the world's petroleum reserves and the petroleum sector accounts for 90% of the country's exports. Other significant industries include telecommunications, healthcare, IT and the services sector.

Major companies: The oil company Saudi Aramco is the largest Saudi employer. Others include STC (Saudi Telecom Company), Saudi Electricity Company and SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation). Major multinational companies include BAE Systems, Cisco Systems, Proctor & Gamble, Schlumburger, Nestlé and Siemans.

Some Useful Websites:

Country Information:

Target Jobs

Job Search Sites & Resources:

alJazeera Jobs


Gulf Talent

UK Trade & Investment Guide

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office Country Guide


For more information about finding work in Saudi Arabia, please book an appointment with one of our Global Employability Advisors via the My Careers Zone desk.