Top 10 Employers in the UAE

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the most sought-after countries to relocate to and work in for ambitious and skilled professionals. This is largely due to the stunning scenery, attractive tax-free salaries, and interesting cultural experiences that you will experience living and working in the UAE. While many jobs require you to know Arabic, there are several large employers who require English-speaking, skilled workers.

Surprisingly, expats account for approximately 85 percent of the population in the UAE, but working there is very different from typical western countries. There are some important aspects of working in the UAE that you should be aware of; for example, the working week is Sunday through to Thursday, with Friday and Saturday being the weekend.

Let’s take a look at which employers made it to the top ten employers in the UAE list, as ranked according to Great Place to Work (2014 data).

#1 DHL

No. of employees: 782
Industry: Package transportation
Additional information: They have a dedicated careers section on their website for students, grads and management professionals. Check it out here.

#2 Microsoft Gulf

No. of employees: 390
Industry: Information Technology
Additional information: The website has a page for students and graduates interested in working for Microsoft.  You can find it here.

#3 Omnicom Media Group MENA

No. of employees: 238
Industry: Media
Additional information: For careers information with Omnicom Media Group MENA, you need to go to the website and email them directly; however, you can add the company on LinkedIn and connect with them in the meantime.

#4 Ericsson

No. of employees: 445
Industry: Telecommunications
Additional information: The Ericsson website caters to prospective employees with a whole section dedicated to Ericsson careers, working at the company, and information on ‘Life at Ericsson’.

#5 THE One

No. of employees: 377
Industry: Retail
Additional information: As a popular home fashion brand, THE One is an attractive place to work. Check out their career opportunities here.

#6 FedEx Express

No. of employees: 431
Industry: Package transportation
Additional information: FedEx Express has a helpful FAQ section for those interested in working for the global brand. Get more information on available jobs here.

#7 Marriott

No. of employees: 1786
Industry: Hospitality
Additional information: This privately held company offers great career prospects to the right candidates. If customer service is important to you, then this is the place to be! Read up on Marriott careers here.


No. of employees: 95
Industry: Recruitment services
Additional information: is a privately held company and the leading recruitment and staffing specialists in the UAE. Check out all the positions available with here.

#9 Weber Shandwick

No. of employees: 55
Industry: Professional services
Additional information: Weber Shandwick is a publicly held company which offers attractive careers to talented professionals. Check out their Work with Us page for more information.

#10 EMC

No. of employees: 238
Industry: Information Technology
Additional information: EMC is a leading cloud computing service which offers great job prospects for professionals who are tech-minded, interested in technology, and up-to-date with new trends. Check out their available vacancies here.

Are you interested in relocating to the UAE? Why not take a look at the websites of the companies listed here and find out if they are hiring professionals with your expertise? If you can land a job with one of the top ten employers in the UAE, you are almost guaranteed a great opportunity, both professionally and personally.

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