Guide to top expat recruitment agencies in the UAE

13th December 2018
Guide to top expat recruitment agencies in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a very attractive destination for expats looking to advance their career opportunities. The UAE has a constantly diversifying economy, hot climate, and proximity to other global centres in Europe and Asia. Dubai presents several growing industries where expats can seek work, such as medical, banking, oil and gas, construction and real estate.

We have researched the top expat job sites and recruitment agencies in Dubai for you, so read on for the best ways to find jobs.


Bayt states that it is ‘the leading job website in the Gulf and Middle East’, with ‘thousands of job vacancies listed’ on the site. Bayt allows you to create a profile and list your skills and interested industries, and automatically selects jobs which may be of interest to you. You can also search by region and salary band, and resources are available to create your own CV. Bayt is highly recommended, and uploading your CV to Bayt to gain maximum exposure to recruiters and potential employers and increase your job prospects is simple.


A spinoff of popular Indian job website Naukri, NaukriGulf boasts over 50,000 job vacancies in multiple fields. It also includes the ‘Naukri Fastforward’ – a candidate services program which allows you to seek expert help in writing resumes, cover letters and professional profiles.


MonsterGulf is a popular website often recommended online as a comprehensive job seekers website. In addition to job searching, there are paid courses available to help enhance your career prospects through skills building and professional development. MonsterGulf also has partnerships with several recruitment agencies and ‘preferred companies’ which can be helpful in finding jobs in larger corporations.

LinkedIn Jobs

LinkedIn Jobs is often cited as the best job seeking website available, due to its popularity, especially with employers and recruitment companies. You can access LinkedIn Jobs by creating a free account, or upgrade to a premium account for additional features. The website offers unique metrics such as seeing how many people apply for jobs posted, which can give you a good indicator of the demand for the position and your likelihood for an interview. Networking with recruitment agencies on LinkedIn will also increase the likelihood of getting job opportunities.


Careerjet has a wide reputation for providing quality job listings tailored to the Middle East job market. They have a range of vacancies to help you find the best match for your recruitment needs. They have an extensive network of clients in the Middle East. Their job vacancies are clearly listed by industry, and also by their serviced locations in Dubai, Qatar and Abu Dhabi.


Established in 2005, Hays has built up a reputable clientele all over the Middle East with 28 global partner countries to provide world-wide talent to local employers. Their extensive database of local job seekers is backed by highly experienced consultants with in-depth knowledge of the local job market and sector-specific expertise in a variety of employment fields.


Established in 1983, NADIA has been in the business of sourcing and identifying candidates with unique qualifications for the last 30 years. Backed by three decades of market experience, NADIA’s experienced recruitment consultants undergo constant training to keep up with global and local market trends in an effort to better serve their clients. NADIA also has a state-of-the-art online database with an extensive pool of skilled candidates for their client’s benefit. For those seeking employment, they have an easy online form with key questions where you can upload your CV or resume.

BAC Middle East

One of the oldest recruitment agencies in the region, BAC, headquartered in the Dubai International Financial Center, was established in 1979 to provide professional recruitment services to top-level companies looking for all levels of employment from junior to middle and senior management in a wide sector of career fields. They have a well-designed, easy-to-navigate website for both clients as well as candidates looking for employment.


Charterhouse Middle East has been in the talent acquisition business in the Middle East for the last ten years with offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha, Qatar. The website provides a useful salary guide for candidates seeking employment and also allows them to receive regular job alerts for their selected career field.

Michael Page

A division of the PageGroup, Michael Page consultants are experts in the successful placement of employees in permanent, temporary, full-time or part-time positions in several sectors in the Middle East. Their website provides a very useful center for candidates applying for jobs with a detailed job search tools that allows candidates to narrow their job search based on expertise, location, type of employment as well as expected salary.

Job Fairs

Dubai is unique in that it hosts several online job fairs throughout the year. These online fairs give job seekers the opportunity to get to know participating organisations, roles and job vacancies available, as well as get a feel for emerging and popular industries. Some examples of online job fairs include eFair and Careers UAE.

Navigating the jobs market

With its strategic location and its reputation for being the hub of the Middle East, Dubai’s job market is constantly evolving with new businesses being set up every day.

Millions of job seekers choose Dubai to enjoy the lifestyle it offers, along with the hope of finding lucrative employment opportunities. The growth within the jobs market has led to an increase in the number of recruitment agencies in Dubai that match appropriate employees with the right employers. Competition in almost every field in job area is stiff, so using reputable recruitment agencies can simplify the job-hunting process.

As listed above, Dubai has more than its fair share of recruitment companies and consultants. It is worth understanding the UAE labour laws to find the best company for you. For instance, it is illegal for a recruitment agency to charge any type of fee for finding you a job. Recruiters typically get their commission from the employer and not the employee. It is also illegal for an agency to ask you to pay for your visa, which is the employer’s responsibility. Unfortunately, this practice is still rampant particularly amongst the construction industry, which brings in large numbers of construction workers from other developing countries.

Within the main agencies we have researched, you should encounter dedicated and experienced recruiters for different career fields. As leading agencies they should offer great customer service with a high percentage of successful placements and a large network of companies with which they have contracts to ensure success.

When you’re moving to Dubai or Abu Dhabi, there are a lot of things to take into consideration. We have put together a relocation checklist for the United Arab Emirates, to help you prepare for and plan your international relocation.

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