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Construction Jobs Dubai and Abu Dhabi (UAE)

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Construction Jobs Dubai and Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Workgateways’ UAE recruitment partners are continually placing construction professionals in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from overseas. The size and scope of the construction industry in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi is second to none in terms of vision, future growth, size and diversity. In 2009/2010, the world's tallest building (the Burj Dubai) will be completed and ground will be broken on the world's next tallest building. For the last few years the construction boom was largely focused around constructing the world's tallest buildings, however the need for infrastructure (transport, water and power) to cope with the large increase in immigrants, tourists and new businesses has caught up and demand for suitably experienced construction professionals is soaring.

However, it is not quite as simple as jumping on a plane and heading for the land of opportunity, passport in hand. Even though many construction jobs — Dubai and Abu Dhabi exist, there are a number of factors the job seeker must consider to optimize their chances of success and we aim to address these in this page — so read on.

Construction Jobs Dubai and Abu Dhabi (UAE)

  1. Building Construction Jobs Dubai and Abu Dhabi
  2. Civil Construction Jobs Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Other Important Topics for Construction Professionals

Building Construction Jobs Dubai and Abu Dhabi (UAE)

The building construction industry is where it all started in Dubai (and now in Abu Dhabi as well) and the industry, while not completely insulated, continues to out perform the general global economy, mainly thanks to petro-dollars. With Dubai's population set to expand from 1.6 million in 2008 to 7 million in 2030, building projects (existing and planned) abound and include airports, waterfront residential developments housing 400,000 people and 1km (3000 ft) high towers. All types of building construction experience are sought after however high-rise experience is in extreme demand. Construction jobs - Dubai and Abu Dhabi include, but are not limited to, Project Manager, Project Engineer, Site Manager, Site Engineer, Cost Manager, and Construction Manager.

Civil Construction Jobs Dubai and Abu Dhabi (UAE) — Infrastructure

Ground is being broken on civils projects on a continuous basis in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. A continuous flow of tourists, new businesses and immigrants ensures the need for increased infrastructure spending including transport and logistics by land, air and sea, power plants and utilities and commercial and residential development. All such projects contribute to the very high demand for construction professionals specifically with civil construction experience. Existing and planned projects include roads & highways, underground railways, trams, water projects (distribution networks and treatment stations) and airports. Construction jobs — Dubai and Abu Dhabi include, but are not limited to, Construction Manager, Project Manager, Project Engineer, Site Manager, Site Engineer, Estimators and Quantity Surveyor.

How much will I earn in Dubai and Abu Dhabi?

The currency of Dubai and Abu Dhabi is the dirham (AED or Dh), with 100 fils totalling 1 Dh. The cost of living in Dubai or in Abu Dhabi is not unlike that of most large cities but, with no personal income tax — Dubai and Abu Dhabi, foreign workers generally fare much better here than in their home countries. In many cases, accommodation and other benefits are also included in your salary package.

Construction salaries in the UAE in Dirhams

Convert this into your local currency at todays rates

Remember this is tax free income — Dubai and Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Job Title Experience min max
Site Engineer 2-5 Years Experience 180000 250000
Section Engineer 5+ Years Experience 250000 450000
Senior Resident Engineer 10+ Years Experience 400000 500000
Senior Project Manager 10+ Years Experience 450000 700000
Planning Engineer 2-5 Years Experience 200000 300000
QC/QA Manager 5+ Years Experience 200000 300000
QS 2-5 Years Experience 300000 550000
Senior QS 5+ Years Experience 550000 900000
Commercial Manager 10+ Years Experience 800000 1200000

Some of the largest and most exciting Dubai projects are listed below:

Dubai Sports City

The Dubai Sports City is to be a purpose built self-contained city including residential towers and villas, international schoos, world-class medical facilities, hotels and a sports-themed retail mall. The “sports” part of Dubai Sports City refers to a golf course, a 60,000 seat multi-purpose stadium for athletics, cricket and football, a 30,000 seat cricket stadium, a multi-purpose indoor arena with 10,000 seat capacity and a 10,000 seat hockey stadium.

Value: $3.2B
Estimated Completion Date: 2010

Dubai Land

The DubaiLand project is set to encompass 278 square kilometres of land, which is nearly as much land in the UAE as is currently developed. DubaiLand will be twice the size of Disney World and have 45 major development projects and over 200 sub-projects when in full swing. These projects encompass everything from entertainment and housing to sports and recreation. One project in particular, worth $1B, is an indoor snow park.

Value: Attracted $6B of private investment for first phase with 3 phases expected after completion of Phase 1.
Estimated Completion Date: Phase 1 is expected to be completed by 2010. Three other phases are planned and are expected to be completed by 2015-2018.

Dubai Business Bay

Dubai Business Bay is actually a new city within the city of Dubai and is located in Dubai's downtown. The Business Bay development encompasses 6 square kilometres and will have upwards of 230 commercial and residential towers. This project will be a complete and fully functional mixed-use development.

Start Date: 2007
Estimated Completion Date: 2010

Al Maktoum International Airport

Dubai's new international airport will combine the largest commuter airport with the largest air freight hub in the world and have a whopping price tag of $80 billion. With 6 runways and 100,000 parking spaces it will take a while to build — expected completion date is 2017.

Start Date: 2007
Value: $80B
Estimated Completion Date: 2017

The Palm Islands

These palm tree-shaped islands represent the largest land reclamation projects in the world and will result in the world's largest artificial islands. There are three palm islands in the project: Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira. Palm Jumeirah island is 25 square kms and adds 78 kms to the Dubai coastline. The Palm Jebel Ali island is expected to accommodate 1.7 million people by 2020 (the population of all of Dubai in 2008). The Palm Deira island will become the world's largest man-made island and house more than a million people. Although no set timetable for completion has been announced, it is anticipated to be finished by 2015.

Start Date: 2001
Estimated Completion Date: 2015

Dubai Water Front

The Water Front project will eventually extend Dubai's coastal line by 820 kms. It is intended to be the world's largest beachfront development and the largest man-made development (and be larger than Manhattan's residential area). This project will feature over 100 different waterfront developments and over 150 planned communities. Major civil works and infrastructure has commenced on the first phase.

Value: First phase estimated at $3.5B.
Start Date: 2010
Estimated Completion Date: 2012


Hydropolis will be the world's first luxury underwater hotel. It will include three elements: a land station, a connecting tunnel (which will transport people by train to the main area of the hotel) and 220 suites within the submarine complex. It is one of the largest contemporary construction projects in the world, covering an area of 260 hectares, about the size of London's Hyde Park.

Value: 300 million
Start Date: 2005
Estimated Completion Date: 2012

Dubai and Abu Dhabi Work Visas

The most common (and easiest) way for professionals to get work in Dubai or Abu Dhabi is to be sponsored by the company for whom you will work. Employers, usually with the assistance of recruitment agencies — Dubai and Abu Dhabi, will organize the essential paperwork during the recruitment process. Often, fees for your work permit, residence visa and sometimes provisional accommodation are included in your salary package when you are hired. For more information please visit our Visa Section.

What should my Dubai and Abu Dhabi Construction Resume look like?

One of the most important things to remember about creating a great resume is to include specific details of your project experience. This is often over-looked by job seekers but is usually what employers and recruitment consultants will focus on. For example, for each project you have worked on indicate: the type of project (including location), type of work involved in the project, your job position, your duties and responsibilities, the approximate project value (in US dollars or GBP is fine), the duration and the project result, if applicable. It is also very useful to include the industry software packages with which you are familiar or proficient - either under each project or in a separate 'Relevant Software Skills' section. Experience with project planning software packages is highly desirable.

For more assistance on creating your construction resume for construction jobs in Dubai or Abu Dhabi — see our section on How to Write a Resume.

You can upload your resume to your WORKgateways file and update it at any time from your log-in. Then your resume is on-line and can be viewed by the Dubai and Abu Dhabi-based construction recruitment agencies with whom you choose to register through WORKgateways.

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