How to Get a Job in Dubai (from Nigeria)

Dubai is touted by some to be one of the most beautiful places in the world; and reasonably so since it hosts some of the tallest buildings, its nightlife is on point, the cost of living is not sky rocketed like some places and to cap it all, it’s still developing. Dubai is a place on the priority list of anyone who loves to travel and see the world in its beauty and embellishments.

Getting a job in Dubai from Nigeria needs you to be a very meticulous person and someone who can read between the lines, especially if you’re going through agents. If you decide to job hunt yourself, you still must be careful of fake recruitment companies online. Many stories have been heard of people who fell hard for recruitment scams and would forever steer clear from anything that looks like getting a job in Dubai from Nigeria.

Job Vacancies In Nigeria

It is important to note that Dubai has a lot of English speaking firms that recruit international job seekers but it’s always advisable to be on ground to find your desired job as getting a job in Dubai from Nigeria is a tough task but very possible.

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There are 2 ways to secure a job in Dubai. First is applying through UAE job sites for direct employment from Nigeria.The second is to procure a 2 months tourist visa, arrive in Dubai and search for job within the period of your visa.

Sites to visit

Getting a job in Dubai from Nigeria would of require you investing your money and time to keep applying to companies with job openings that are offered to both residents and international applicants.


Once you successfully land a job from any job site, the first thing to do is to confirm the genuineness of the employer(s). After that, create a rapport the rep contacting you from the employers end and don’t waste time before requesting for a written job contact letter, otherwise known as employment letter.

When your prospective employer issues you written confirmation of a job offer, they begin the employment visa application process on your behalf.

Wait for the employer to complete and submit the necessary application to sponsor you for a Dubai employment visa. Note that the employer is also responsible for paying the applicable employment visa processing fees. The information supplied all along from the start of your process must be very accurate as the United Arab Emirates immigration department will contact you when the information submitted by your employer has been verified.

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Submit to a medical examination and blood test to rule out diseases such as HIV, hepatitis C or tuberculosis. Submit your medical records, two passport-size photos and photocopies of your passport, written job offer verification and employment visa application (the one completed by your employer) to the Department of Health and Medical Services to obtain a health card; this step is mandatory for foreigners working in Dubai.

Submit the necessary documents from your employers, a copy of your credentials and any other attaching documents to Dubai’s Ministry of Labour office to obtain a labour card. Include a passport-sized photo, three copies of your employment letter and photocopies of your entry visa, medical records and employer’s labor license.


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