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Useful Tips for Women Interning in the Middle East

by working-admin 14/09/2017 0 comments

When you are all set to embark on building an international career as an intern, and become a Citizen of the World, in the true sense of the term, there are a few steps to be taken. Here are a few tips to learn the ropes of life and be a smart woman in the Middle East.

Knowing the local Culture

  • Get acquainted with the local culture. Show respect for it. Accept social and business etiquettes with a desire to follow them.
  • Do not initiate a handshake or physical contact, nor Hug and kiss a local man, even at the workplace. Public display of affection is a taboo.
  • Women are treated with great respect in Middle Eastern cities, so do not be surprised by the chivalrous and protective behavior of males. These acts are neither patronizing nor challenge the independence of a woman they are a norm.
  • Do not ask intrusive questions on personal lives, relationships, or family matters.
  • It is better to be familiar with important religious practices and festivals.
  • Get used to hearing the call to prayer five times a day, refrain from loud conversations, or playing music loudly, and show sensitivity to their faith.
  • During the month of Ramadan there is a focus on fasting, empathy, charity, and benevolence. Do not eat, drink, or smoke and be modestly dressed.
  • Accept an Iftar dinner, and join in the traditional meal to gain an insight into the religious rituals practiced.

Not required to imitate the locals in their dressing

You are not required to wear a black abaya or a headscarf like the local women but dress modestly, in the workplace. Cover the cleavage, knees, shoulders, stomach, areas and the back also, and do not wear clothing that is transparent/body-hugging.

Learn the Local Language

The internship being a wise opportunity, try to speak a new language- Arabic of the locals. English is widely spoken in the Middle East but Arabic is of great help while speaking to local colleagues.
It is ideal while dealing with regular communication with government officials, and adds to the efficiency and effectiveness.

Avoid Sensitive Discussions

Subjects like democracy and freedom of speech are best avoided as the matter has to be viewed through the region’s history and understanding its journey. The present set up works finely for the Middle East. Do not express judgments and opinions on politics or culture, in the workplace or elsewhere. Gain a new perspective; open the mind to a new and different culture.

Ensure Fair Compensation

Today the Middle East is gaining a reputation for innovative technology, fin-tech, sustainability, and education startups created by young and ambitious entrepreneurs. There are fine opportunities in it for creative self-starters who follow the trends and possess strong leadership skills. The start-ups often hire young interns who are attracted to the idea of interning abroad. Living here is expensive and so while negotiating the contract, ensure that you are paid properly and fairly.

Have Clear Objectives

Your objectives must be clear and you must continue to seek your goals.
Have a practical thinking and a well-defined structure and purpose of an internship. Work towards a global career, in a specific field and seek to play a permanent role in the new country. Besides, be culturally immersed while adding skills and experience.

Remain Confident

Women interns, find themselves intimidated in the Middle East by the working style, gender ratios in the workplace. New methods of living and cultural differences should not make you realize that there is a fault with you. Be bold, confident assertive, and tactful, and take life as it comes, because it has nothing to do with your gender. Do not at all be discouraged; be and subtle ways to challenge the norm. In multinational companies, for every chauvinistic colleague, you’ll find two others who are encouraging. If the problem persists, consult the HR department.

Build a Professional Network

Cultivate professional relationships and build a network of colleagues, professionals, and friends. Show initiative, engage in conversations and seek advice from colleagues. Living abroad helps to develop worthy professional and personal skills. It brings tolerance and the ability to appreciate other cultures and is a fine quality needed today.

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Illness that restrict you from working in Dubai

Illness that restrict you from working in Dubai

by working-admin 28/07/2017 0 comments

The GAMCA clinics have listed the below as the diseases that may make one unfit to work in Dubai and other Middle East countries:

Infectious Diseases

1- HIV AIDS Reactive.

2- Hepatitis (B) Surface Antigen Positive and Anti HCV.

3- Microfilaria Positive & Malaria Blood Film Positive.

4- Known Leprosy Patient.

5- Tuberculosis any type.

A- Pulmonary by chest X ray showing active or past evidence of old T.B. Including minimum Fibrosis, calcification and Pleural thickening.

B- Tuberculous Pleural Effusion.

C- Tuberculous Lymphadenitis.

6- Venereal Diseases, VDRL Positive and TPHA Positive.

Non Infectious Diseases

1- Chronic Renal Failure

2- Chronic Hepatic Failure

3- Congestive Heart Failure

4- Uncontrolled Hypertension

5- Uncontrolled Diabetes Mellitus

6- Known case of cancer

7- Psychiatric Diseases and Neurological Disorders

8- Physical Disability eg. colour blindness for drivers, deafness etc

9- Any major operation

10- Hemoglobin below 10 mg/dl

 

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Dubai – The land of opportunities for Job Seekers

by working-admin 18/07/2017 0 comments

Dubai is the hotspot destination where the East and West meet each other. Dubai has been a dream destination for many expats who are looking to fulfill their long-term dream into reality. People from different countries like to stay here because of certain advantages like Cheap oil price, tax rebates and a higher standard of living. It has been estimated that among the 88% expats, majority of the population are Indians. There is a huge demand of Indian candidates at Dubai.

There are many jobs in Dubai for Indians ranging from blue-collar to white-collar jobs which helps an average Indian to increase their standard of living.

There are certain reasons that Dubai has become the favourite destination for the Indians:

  1. Monetory Blessing: Working in Dubai would draw you a tax-free salary. This will help you to save until and unless you are tired of desert life.
  2. Multi-Culture Experience : In your workplace you will get to meet people from different countries, with different cultures and probably with different languages. Meeting different people from different places would apparently broaden your horizon.
  3. Enjoy the Free trip to your Home Town : As per the HR policies of some companies the expats are allowed 30 days paid leaves every 12-18 months.
  4. Weigtage on your resume: If you have included regions like Middle east you have worked at, your chances of getting selected for a job goes on the higher side.
  5. Good air connectivity: This is the important factor to which many Indians are attracted. There is a good amount of air connectivity from most of the Indian cities to Dubai with just 3-5 hours flying time.
  6. Indian Food : There are ample of Vegetarian and Non-vegetarian Indian Restaurants, so you would never have a glitch of eating outside.
  7. Acceptance : Dubai doesn’t show any kind of racism and accepts people from all the countries with open arms.

Dubai is the place of opportunities. So, don’t let the opportunity slip by your hand. Each day is filled with ample of opportunities, to change the story of our lives and live with it.

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Working In Dubai during Ramadan

by working-admin 09/06/2017 0 comments

Ramadan a worship offered by the renderings of  profound Muslims

Ramadan is the holiest period which the Muslim solemnize for one month to their offerings to the almighty ‘Allah.’ It is supposed that God is personified in every human being and this holy period of Ramadan gives all our Muslim friends a proposition to eulogize the spiritual worthiness, self-actualization and pray to Allah for the offerings it has bestowed on humanity.

This holy month teaches every individual what is benevolence, humility, and self-discipline.The Muslims help those in need and persistently keep fast while observing a dedicated fasting period.

How are work timings scheduled during Ramadan

 The work schedules for many firms and organizations have been reduced from eight hours to six hours while keeping the wages of employees intact. The work timings are not specific to any religion or community; it is subjected to every individual to be a participant of this holy period and embrace yourself with self-emancipation. The DIFC  which is the Dubai International Financial Center gives concession to only those employees who are observing a fast during the month of Ramadan. 

Are employer allowed to make workers work for extended hours?

The labor law of Dubai prohibits the action of any company who is liable to make the employees work for more than 6 hours; any work is done from home shall be taken in employees total hours count. The authorities keep a check on this provision made during the month of Ramadan so that all the companies are abiding by the rules set up by the labor law department.

Recommendation and General norms issued for Employers and public

A comprehensive Ramadan policy is set out by the government for the firms in which the rules and regulation are as per labor laws which recommend the code of conduct and behavior for minimizing the loopholes which could happen during this holy month.There should be stringent law and order; people should refrain from activities like smoking or drinking which is strictly prohibited. Indiscipline caused will make the accused chargeable of fines and would be punished under the law.

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Safer Dubai! Robo-Cop captures attention of locals in Dubai

by working-admin 01/06/2017 0 comments

The first of its own kind Robocop has been unveiled in Dubai which would now efficiently help the Police and its authorities to catch hold of criminals.

This glorified event has come as news breaking from Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference.The robot – named Robocop as they call the police robot – is 5ft 5in tall & weighs 100kgs.It is programmed to speak six different languages and would be able to also read face expression along with nervous hand gestures and movements.

The tablet which is fitted inside the Robocop’s machinery enables an ordinary human being to pay their fines and can lodge complaints or state any criminal offense against an offender directly from the robot itself which will enable the police department to send and record messages.

This Robocop has been a great achievement for the Emirates and places Dubai ahead in terms of its security norms in the global arena where technological advancements have thrived in to build smart cities and smarter generations. Robocop has made the vision statement with its operational features and its well programmed architecture like a human interface will popularize it among the locals.

The technology used for cognitive intelligence and mining of information is IBM Watson Analytics, and Google maps to find the Geo-coordinates of the place crime scene.

The aim of this invention is to the safeguard the city locals against any offense and other defaulters who have created nuisances and have been a reason to city’s disorder.

The Robocop can chat ,ask queries to general public, answers questions and tackles the issues like a real Police Officer. All these features attribute to its artificial intelligence which gives a majestic preview of this human type machine. Although japan leads in the sphere of Robotics and as its automation is well known to the world, this Robocop will add new chapters to working operations of the Dubai Police and will inhibit crime to happen.

The Robocop as understood will bring glory and fame to Dubai in the international world with many tourist and visitors feeling safe about the city premises.

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Cost of Living in Dubai

by working-admin 12/05/2017 0 comments

Moving to Dubai? Wondering how deep you need to dig into your wallet?

Read on for helpful information on cost of living in Dubai – Housing to travel to food and Medical.

Accommodation

Accommodation would probably take most of the share from your budge. Rental contracts in Dubai are mostly for a year and you may have to pay the rent for the entire year upfront. If your rent a two-bedroom apartment in one of Dubai’s popular expat neighborhoods, you need to spend about AED 100,000-150,000 per year. The rents are not always high as long as you are willing to compromise. Apart from the rent you will have to keep aside a budget for utilities – to pay for electricity and water consumption (an average AED 1,200 per month).

If you have a better paying job you can easily afford domestic staff. Hiring one person (e.g. a nanny or maid) for a full-time position will cost you approximately AED 3,000 in wages. If you only need occasional help at home like a cleaner you can hire one for about AED 30 per hour.

Food

You will have a huge array of food and groceries to choose from. Your budget for your regular groceries completely depends on whether you chose to buy the internal brands or the local. You could spend anything between AED 250 and AED 1,000 on groceries per week for a single person.

If you choose to eat out occasionally you could head to a mall’s food court. You can have a full meal with soft drinks for less than AED 100. But for a meal at a restaurants (including alcohol), you have to spend up to AED 500 per person.

Transportation

In Dubai you can use its robust public transport to commute as it is the best in the Gulf region.

However having your own ride is much better any day. So you can chose to import your own vehicle or simply hire one upon arrival.

Hiring a mid-range car will cost a bit less than AED 2,000 a month, fuel and insurance included. Unsurprisingly, fuel is not expensive in Dubai. You can get a liter of gas for with-in two dirham.

Medical

Healthcare in Dubai is only free for UAE nationals. So get in touch with your prospective employer to enquire about company health insurance plans.

A basic consultation with a dentist or general practitioner is pretty affordable (approximately AED 500). However, this does not include any extra tests or treatment. In case of a major illness or accident, you need to have a good health insurance plan to make the most of Dubai’s private healthcare facilities.

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Understanding and being understood

by working-admin 11/05/2017 0 comments

Working with a team built with people coming from different walks of life – different cultures, different countries, different ways of expression and who speak different languages can be pretty challenging and exciting at the same time. If they speak in dialects or accents you’re not used to, you may not understand them even though you both are speaking the same language

So how do you break this same-language barrier? These four simple steps will help you get accustomed to accents at work and make the communication much easier on yourself.

  1. Calm Down

When you start working at a new place (worse if it’s in a new country) you tend to get uncomfortable and nervous. Especially when you are trying hard to understand what your colleagues and peers are telling you.  You could fumble and miss important information which could be miss-understood as being un-professional

In order to take control of this situation you NEED to stay CALM. Take a deep breath before you walk into a meeting or approach anyone. Make eye contact and talk slowly. This will make the opposite person do the same. And there you go!  It’s a win-win for both of you.

  1. Swallow your Pride

You will find plenty of stereotypes at your new work place and you would try your best to not put yourself down.  You would often hesitant to ask clients or colleagues to repeat information for fear they would get annoyed at your inability to comprehend them.

But you need to swallow your pride and fear and hope for the best. If you can’t understand someone, simply apologize and ask them to repeat. If that doesn’t work, ask questions to gain clues, like “could you please spell that for me?” Most of the time, people will repeat themselves willingly.

For all you know they are feeling exactly the way you are!

  1. Pen it down

It’s always easy to remember when you make notes. So make a note of the names you will be facing, make a note of the companies and people you will be working with and make a note of the people who will likely call you.

Always be prepared ahead of time!

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Five things about working in Dubai

by working-admin 11/05/2017 0 comments
  1. Employment Contract

Your contract specifies your designation, job profile, your basic salary, the period of your contract, and possibly also key performing measures of the company. You should also look out for termination conditions, including required notice of intent to terminate the contract on either side or liabilities to be incurred in respect of breaking the conditions of the contract. Your contract might include the phrase ‘employment subject to obtaining the necessary permits’. This is unlikely to present problems, but make sure that you’re able to obtain the required information and visas before committing yourself to the big move abroad.

 

  1. Working hours

The working hours in Dubai depends on the particular company’s policy however they mostly vary between 40 and 48 hours.

Most of the government organizations work from 7.30 to 3.30. Private companies mostly work from 9 to 5 or 6. There is no difference between summer and winter hours. In the month of Ramadan, the working day is reduced to six hours and legally this should apply to all staff.

 

  1. Work ethics

In Dubai you will find working people from large number of cultures and nationalities. Although the work ethics differ by country, work ethics in Dubai are quite different to those followed in any corner of the world. Right from the most conservative style of clothing to a specific polite way of greeting your co-workers, Dubai has the most different set of work etiquette.

 

  1. Working Women

Women are generally safe in the workplace, with little sexual harassment because of the severe punishments for this. In Arab countries, men have traditionally been the providers, women the homemakers. This concept is slowly changing,

 

  1. Perks

One of the major attractions for expats looking to work in Dubai is that the government does not impose any tax on personal salaries.

Dubai has established itself as a very foreigner-friendly destination. Over 80% of Dubai’s population is expats from all over the world, resulting in an internationally diverse work force.

According to the UAE labor law, you will also have the right to claim for transportation, accommodation and medical reimbursements.

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Skills Training Gap Among Employees Revealed

by working-admin 19/05/2015 0 comments

Queequeg removed himself to just beyond the head of the sleeper, and lighted his tomahawk pipe. We kept the pipe passing over the sleeper, from one to the other. Meanwhile, upon questioning him in his broken fashion, Queequeg gave me to understand that, in his land, owing to the absence of settees and sofas of all sorts, the king, chiefs, and great people generally, were in the custom of fattening some of the lower orders for ottomans.

I was going to warn ye against — but never mind, never mind — it’s all one, all in the family too — sharp frost this morning, ain’t it? The cabin entrance was locked within; the hatches were all on, and lumbered with coils of rigging. Going forward to the forecastle, we found the slide of the scuttle open. Seeing a light, we went down, and found only an old rigger there, wrapped in a tattered pea-jacket. He was thrown at whole length upon two chests, his face downwards and inclosed in his folded arms. The profoundest slumber slept upon him.

But it seemed that, when on the wharf, Queequeg had not at all noticed what I now alluded to; hence I would have thought myself to have been optically deceived in that matter, were it not for Elijah’s otherwise inexplicable question. But I beat the thing down; and again marking the sleeper, jocularly hinted to Queequeg that perhaps we had best sit up with the body; telling him to establish himself accordingly. He put his hand upon the sleeper’s rear, as though feeling if it was soft enough; and then, without more ado, sat quietly down there.

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6 Ways Your Job is Losing You Future Earnings

by working-admin 21/04/2015 0 comments

Queequeg removed himself to just beyond the head of the sleeper, and lighted his tomahawk pipe. We kept the pipe passing over the sleeper, from one to the other. Meanwhile, upon questioning him in his broken fashion, Queequeg gave me to understand that, in his land, owing to the absence of settees and sofas of all sorts, the king, chiefs, and great people generally, were in the custom of fattening some of the lower orders for ottomans.

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