Dubai- I keep hearing conflicting information

  1. I'm having some trouble understanding the working conditions in Dubai. Everyone I ask seems to have a different answer for me, so I'm hopeful a nurse here will be able to clarify some things.

    I'll be entering my 4th year BSN (Canada) very shortly and have been considering Dubai as a place to work abroad while I'm young.

    I've read you need to have approximately 4 years of experience before an agency will hire you there. I've heard A) there is no tax, B) taxes are extremely high, C) pay is $1200 US per month, D) pay is double that of an RN in Canada.

    Would anyone be able to elaborate on tax, pay, work experience before eligibility to work, and anything else pertaining to life in Dubai involving the nursing profession? I'm familiar with much of the culture- living conditions, marriage/single contracts, restrictive laws etc, I'm just unsure about working details.

    Thanks very much.
    Last edit by rotary on Mar 16, '07
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    RN; from CA
    Specialty: 4 year(s) of experience in Psychiatry

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  3. by   suzanne4
    Not sure with the tax structure in Canada, but in the US working there used to be tax free. But that is was. Not now. The income from there is taxed and also does not pay like it used to in previous times.

    There are a few threads on this forum about working there, just do a search for them.
  4. by   msjangir
    HI,
    I am working in the UAE, here whole what u earn is tax free, no any single cent you have to spent on your taxes. Salary is around $ 1700-$2500/ month and it depends upon your experience.Working conditions are quite good here, as i am working with a hospital which is affiliated with John Hopkins, Baltimore, US. All the policies and other things are all as US standards.Secondly here very good chances for the western educated nurses, till now gulf nursing jobs are dominated by Indians and Fillipinos but now and in future they are giving preferance to western educated nurses. However you need some experience to join this growing region but some agencies also give oppurtunities to fresh graduates.
    If you earn here good money than life is quite good and very fast.
    Before coming here you have to get your certificates like Nursing degree and your 10 th standard certificate attested by the UAE embassy in your country.
    Thats all about here. if you want to know something more mail me.
    Mahirn
  5. by   suzanne4
    Depends on your country that you are from. If a US citizen, you pay taxes on it.
  6. by   msjangir
    Dear Suzanne
    You dont have to pay any taxes here in UAE whatever you earn. It depends on your country from where you are that they need tax on money which you have earned in foreign country.
    For examaple if any Indian who works overseas and earns there than the Indian govn. will not take a single cent of tax from that amount, because you are increasing the foreign currency and economic of that country. I am not aware about this that in US you have topay taxes on overseas earned money.
    Mahirn
  7. by   suzanne4
    If you are a citizen of the US, you are entitled to benefits from them, and this is no matter where you are working or even living. Taxes are paid on any monies earned overseas, if you are a US citizen.

    This is the point that I am trying to make. If you are from the US and work anywhere in the middle east, you pay taxes on the income from there. And in any other country, as well. There are no longer the tax free benefits for there if you are from the US. This was stopped some time ago.

    The original poster is from Canada, and they have similar rulings. Even when they work in the US, they have taxes that they need to pay to Canada.
  8. by   Syrenz
    I'm also hearing conflicting information about the lifestyle. One friend who went there said that I don't have to worry about being restricted, but there's also people telling me that as a woman i won't be able to do as much. Can anyone please enlighten me with this one?
  9. by   suzanne4
    Quote from Syrenz
    I'm also hearing conflicting information about the lifestyle. One friend who went there said that I don't have to worry about being restricted, but there's also people telling me that as a woman i won't be able to do as much. Can anyone please enlighten me with this one?
    As a woman, you will be restricted on dress and travel. Please take the time to do a search on this, there has already been much said on it.
  10. by   john83
    Quote from mahirn
    However you need some experience to join this growing region but some agencies also give oppurtunities to fresh graduates.
    If you earn here good money than life is quite good and very fast.
    Before coming here you have to get your certificates like Nursing degree and your 10 th standard certificate attested by the UAE embassy in your country.
    Thats all about here. if you want to know something more mail me.
    Mahirn
    Opportunities for fresh graduates and those who have limited experience to work in the UAE or any Middle East country is really slim. I haven't seen a single agency in the Philippines that doesn't require at least a year or more of experience. Perhaps finding a single agency that sponsors fresh grads(limited experience-nurses included)is like finding the Yamashita treasure. It is really rare.
    Last edit by john83 on Apr 18, '07
  11. by   suzanne4
    Quote from john83
    opportunities for fresh graduates and those who have limited experience to work in the uae or any middle east country is really slim. i haven't seen a single agency in the philippines that doesn't require at least a year or more of experience. perhaps finding a single agency that sponsors fresh grads(limited experience-nurses included)is like finding the yamashita treasure. it is really rare.
    and that just reinforces that they are only selling you and could care less about you. same thing that we see with travel companies in the us. they all want minimum of a year of experience, and then someone will come along and state that they found someone that would hire them with only three months of experience. they wanted to try the travel and quit vert quickly when they found out what they would be doing.

    if you know that an area requires so much experience but find a company willing to take you with less, run from them.
  12. by   CherryRN2
    i born in UAE , i have no restriction on life living , it is free country , you can wear any thing you want to wear , of course it shouldn't be over , beside that it a peaceful country , i am sure you will like to live there , and to live in peace you comply the rule of that country , and the policies and the produces of the hospital you are going to work in , something i want to mention also for you that , any female patient will not allow the male nurses to take of her , but the female patient can be under of male doctors , and the female nurses will taken care of male and female patient and this the rule of most of the hospitals in UAE , including my hospital i am working in ,and we alot nurses who are every months disregards the city , and no taxes are paid in the whole country , and may be as suzanne4 said the tax will be paid in your country disregard the source and the place of the earned money
  13. by   flyinghigh
    there is no democracy so you can unerstand.getting $1500 is not the salary all nurses get here.even basic salary for a nurse is less than $1000.There are two or three good hospital which pay tht high to their nurses.In general in dubai living with a family with ease and comfort is not that easy[even you earn $3000/month ,it is not enough]water,electricity,house rents,education are high.many more things-this is other side of coin.In ramjan month you cannt eat or drink in public,it is a legal offence!. also during tht time you cannt dress wahtever u want-means ur clothes should not show any part of ur body.].Summers have 50 degree temperature sometimes plus humidity. if you ignore all tht,dubai accepts everyone.[not all states are liberal in UAE.] you can read more news on local newspaper[www.gulfnews.com,www.khaleejtimes.com,readers views,feedback and decide yourself what is good for you.Good luck!
  14. by   srgmom
    Quote from suzanne4
    Depends on your country that you are from. If a US citizen, you pay taxes on it.

    According to US Tax Form 2555 Foreign Earned Income, income up to $85,700.00 per year per person beginning with 2007 is excempt from income tax. What are your sources for information?

    RBF
    Last edit by srgmom on Jun 5, '07 : Reason: added info

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