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Anybody with experience living and working in the UAE?

My job, which I was super excited to get and which I'm totally kind of kicking ass at btw, is having all sorts of financial difficulties. I've been told that my position is not in danger and I shouldn't worry, but the people in charge have lied to me before and I would not want to put myself in the position of relying on them any longer than it takes for me to get a new job.

Job-hunting in general is a totally spirit-killing endeavour. People be crazy. I've interviewed a lot in the last couple of months and haven't found anything that works for me. I don't live for my job or define myself by what I do, but I have to at least like the place where I'm going to spend at least 35-40 hours a week.

When I first found out about my job's money issues, I went into panic mode and applied to jobs all over the US (where I live) and the UAE, which I have visited once and enjoyed. For the most part, I've narrowed down my Stateside search to the northeast, but I haven't completely given up on the possibility of working in the UAE. I know that living somewhere is always different than visiting, and that the human rights issues that I didn't have to deal with as a vacationer would be in my face quite a lot as a resident.


I've been contacted about employment by a few organizations in the UAE, and what was once theoretical is now approaching possible. So, has anybody here ever worked in either Dubai, Sharjah, or Abu Dhabi? If so, for how long and did you enjoy it? Would you recommend it to a single, areligious, bookish, somewhat outgoing 30-something woman? What's something that you wish somebody had told you before you got there or when you first moved there? The salaries are lower than what I'd make in the US, but I'd probably make between $3500 and $4000 USD a month, which would mean that I wouldn't have to pay taxes. My housing would be covered by the employer, as well as airfare to and from the US once a year.

I have friends in Dubai, so I wouldn't be completely alone in the UAE.

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