This is also Dubai

(Note: English is not my mother language, I would like to apologize if there are expected mistake, and will appreciate your corrections and suggestions. Thank you)

When someone mentions Dubai, the first thing that comes to mind is luxurious buildings, unique cars, gold watches, rich people…

Until I came to Dubai so I thought. A few days ago, my wife bought me a camera as a presented for our 1st anniversary, so I decided to take little walk around the city. But not those parts of the city that has been shown to the public about which the world is buzzing. I went to the “other-side” of Dubai.

I drove by taxi just 10 minutes from the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. The moment I step out from the

cab, I had a feeling that I’m not in Dubai anymore. I was pretty sure that I’m in Pakistan or India.

The placer around me were everything but luxurious. No brand new cars, no fancy restaurants, no bikes, no branded shops… Everything was different. Around Burj Khalifa in Downtown the cheapest lunch you can find is 20 Euros, some pizza or similar. Here, in Bur Dubai I eat so delicious shawarma for only 1 Euro! Yes, that’s right.


On the following pictures you will see what I found there. The place is called Bur Dubai, a lot of streets, I

did not pay attention to all the names. Just to mention, I spent close to 8 hours there and did not see any of the local people (Arabs).

There are living and working mostly people from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Philippines

There is a so-called cheap labor.

First what I’ve noticed that streets are very, to not say dirty, but looks like no one is taking care about cleanliness of that part of city. I saw the gentlemen sitting on the corner of some building for long time. Like he was waiting for something good to happen.

At same place I looked around and took some more photos of the streets.

Old street Dubai
Old street Dubai

Few minutes later I saw the guy using if I can call it a praam, which I have not saw for a years. It’s hand made one.


At same place I’ve notice the guy. Everyone called him Boss, so I assume he was the one in charge. He was managing the things, and when he was talking, everyone else was so silent. It’s interesting photo, says more then 1000 words

The Boss
The Boss

If the guy above it was a boss, manager, whatever, two gentlemen below I called GM and CEO. One of them was just smoking, and second gentleman has two mobile phones and was so busy all the time. Whenever he finis phone conversation, he was giving new orders to above mentioned “Boss”

Two gentlemens
The “owners” , CEO and GM

Two minutes away is entrance to bazar. There I met Shacir. All I understood that he is 20 years in Dubai already, but still he doesn’t speak English. Example how much this part of Dubai is separated from luxury side.


A bit far, I met this nice couple and their cute baby. They are from India.

Cute Indian couple and baby
Cute Indian couple and baby

Going forward I reach the Deira Creek. Couldn’t understand why people who are coming from Abra (small boat) need to show their passport on the gate over there.

Passport control



Guy On The Bike

Guy On The Bike
Guy On The Bike

Since the sun was going down, I’ve decided to find the taxi and come back to “Dubai we know”. Then I’ve noticed this people. One of them told me they just finished work, construction work and they going back to accommodation. In one room staying 8-12 persons. Monthly salary 800-1000 AED (160-200 EURO per month) Working time minimum 12 hours. I was shocked.

No Comment
No Comment

After all this I had no idea what to think. I felt bad. Really bad. I mean all of us saw poor people, we know poor places, but couldn’t believe that something like this I’ll find just 10 minutes away of the tallest building in the world, the biggest shopping mall in the world, 30 minutes away of the only 7 star hotel in the world, just step away of the street where are the most expensive, most luxuries unique cars in the world.Cars made of gold. However, I’m sure that all this people find better opportunity here, where they are, otherwise they will not be there. They will go back to origin countries if they had better life there.

Still I don’t know…

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How to get job in Dubai

(Note: English is not my mother language, I would like to apologize if there are expected mistake, and will appreciate your corrections and suggestions. Thank you)

So many young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia , and many more east-European countries looking for a job outside of their countries. In the following steps, I’ll try to explain in a simple way how to find a job in Dubai, Abu Dhabi – in, in Qatar or wherever you want . And not just to find a job, but by time to progress and develop your career as well.

It’s “working” 100 %. I’ll take myself as an example. I graduated from Mechanical Engineering School ( Not really important ) , arrived in Dubai as an assistant waiter , in 18 months I have progressed , passing all positions regularly, learning and developing experience , to the position of manager.

Currently I’m  Asst. Front Office Manager in most popular part of Dubai, the Jumeirah Beach Residence, a 43 floors hotel , 356 apartments (total 700 units ) , three restaurants , a bar , a lounge … nice place to be and to work.

The company provides a visa, accommodation, transportation, once per year airline ticket to home country, insurance, and food at work…

Also my wife got a job in the biggest shopping center in the world, Dubai Mall, working in Sales & Marketing team for a popular Italian company that represents all the popular brands like Armani, Prada, D & G , Versace …

Then I would like to mention my friend Alem , known in Sarajevo as Cicko , DJ from night club “Sloga” , who will come to UAE in next few days. He got a job in one 5* hotel as a residence DJ in hotels night club.

Then my lil’ brother who works in Abu Dhabi Ferrari World more than a year already…

And there’s still plenty other ppl who came to UAE and find good jobs, developed career…

What is difference between UAE and other countries? For example, in my origin country, company owners and manager are not looking at your experience.

They will look in to the papers “diplomas” you’ve got, who is your connection (cousin who recommended you) and similar. But they really forget important thing. In most of the cases, Experience is more important than diploma you hold. In school you will learn so many things, but in the real “Action” you will get experience and learn the things they don’t teach in school.

In UAE is different story. Company owners and managers, they first look at your experience, then education. For sure I can say that you will get job before with good experience and not that much education than if you have good education but no experience

The city is totally open for the opportunities from the auto industry, hospitality, sales, real estate and much more. You can do everything you want and whatever you think you are capable to do, you just have to be persistent.

So let’s get job!


Let’s say, you wake up one morning, you are not happy with life you live, it’s very cold winter  morning, (Dubai +30 at same time J )you don’t want to go out even and you decide to change sometning in your life, to try something new, so you want to move .

Knowledge of the English language is Prerequisite (doesn’t have to be perfect, for some positions you need just to be able to understand and communicate to pass Skype interview, one you are in UAE you will develop your language in few months)


Curriculum Vitae:

Copied from templates-website

CV Sample Image

Make a good means a GOOD CV.

I’ll advise you do not download some prepared CV and just fill up the info. Make your own. Be creative and professional. Include all experience you’ve got. I mean ALL. Attach all diplomas and certificates which can back up your experience. Make professional photo (passport photo, a bit bigger profile photo)

Make sure you wear nice shirt, put a tie and be professional. Don’t upload you FB photo with Hawaii t-shirt J

Just go to Google and search “good CV sample”, there is so many different ways to make a good one.

Do not forget to include accurate contact details, e-mail ,address and phone number

It’s also important to make a good “cover letter”


One you have prepared good CV, start researching.

Research about position you are applying for, about company’s profiles, about people who are already working there. Find out what the companies are looking for so you can prepare yourself better. How much is salary, what companies of your profile provide, what other people say about particular companies etc. It’s all about being ready.


You’ve done a CV , you have researched the market , decide what you want to do in Dubai (or somewhere else) , means it’s time to start to apply for a job .

There are hundreds of sites where you can apply.

I’ll always suggest applying directly to employer, without any agencies and “bridges” who promise this and that and take commission. (there are some very good agencies to whom you can trust, but first you have to research about it and see what other people say about particular agencies)

As a first page where you can look for a job, I would to mention

Open the page. On the left side you will find “drop” menu.

Choose option all cities and to in “drop” option choose line JOBS.

Then at the next “drop” choose what kind of work. Example: Sales, Hospitality, Automotive…

Create a profile, Log in using e-mail , one time required to upload a CV and then you can apply for all suitable positions

Next one I would point out and                       

Catererglobal and hozpitality would recommend to people who are looking for a job in hospitality industry. There you can find jobs in Dubai, Thailand, Maldives…all over the world…

The pages are very clear and easy to use. Create a profile, upload your CV and then apply, apply, apply…J

Next one I would recommend ( for Emirates ) page that offers absolutely all the kind of businesses around the world . For example, if you type the you will be able to check offer for the UK. for Emirates etc. ..

There is a hundred other online sites where you can look for a job. Another good way is if you go to any company web site and click career. There you will find job offers from that company.

It is very important to be persistent. You may send 30 , 50 , 100 CV – s, and you may not get a positive response , but maybe just the next one you send is a “bingo”

Do not give up.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by my e-mail

Next post will be about interview (Skype interview) where I’ll explain how that’s look like and what questions generally recruiters ask. Basically how to prepare yourself for that moment when you receive positive answer from company and when they set up “online meeting” (Skype interview) with you

It’s not difficult; you just need to be persistent.

So what are you waiting for, Sign out from FB and get a job! J

Good luck

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