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Our emigrants flood to Dubai

DUBAI has become the new hotspot for Irish emigrants in search of work.

The Irish Embassy has seen a 10pc rise in the numbers making their home in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the past year.

Official numbers at the embassy show that 500 Irish citizens have moved to the area -- which includes Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

In addition, the Irish Business Network, which creates a network of business professionals, has seen massive growth in its membership.

Brian King, Network chairman, said he had seen more skilled graduates in their 20s arriving.

"A lot of them are highly educated with degrees and masters. There are a lot who have had their own companies coming over," he said.


The main skills sought are in the health, education, finance and infrastructure sectors.

Among the attractions of Dubai, apart from its high standard of living, is its tax-free income.

Dubai has an extremely young population and high number of expats.

Official figures state that there are 120,000 British people in the UAE, 80,000 in Dubai.

The Emirates job opportunities are also an incentive for Irish expats -- at the end of 2011 there were 800,000 jobs available for medium and high skills in the UAE, and the majority of these were in Dubai.

Information on jobs is available at www.definitelydubai.com.

However, this was mainly among UAE nationals as expats will not be able to stay in the country if they do not have work permits.

A work permit can only be obtained upon having a job offer as the employer will sponsor the employee. The permit will only be issued for the duration of the job contract and can be renewed upon the contract renewal. Once the job has ended the person will have to leave the country.

Employment can be obtained through direct contacts with companies or through employment agencies based in Dubai. Information is also available at: www.definitelydubai.com.