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Friday, April 25, 2008

Stuck on you

In the past 3 months, I got atleast a dozen headhunters offering me jobs in Abu Dhabi ... Half of them offering crazy jobs paying more than two times my salary.

I turned them all down.

Abu Dhabi can't lure me enough like the good ol' D to the X to the B.

What do you think guys?



  • Hmm...Well...Abu Dhabi has its charm. And it's more of a "homey" city than Dxb. Plus, it's growing, and things are starting to happen there so.....could be interesting from a business perspective....

    By Blogger Dubai Sunshine, at April 25, 2008 at 5:02 PM  

  • "D to the X to B"


    ps, I might be in dubai for a couple of days this summer, if so, maybe we oughtta have that belated sushi meal, no? ;)

    By Blogger Yazan, at April 25, 2008 at 7:07 PM  

  • I'm a teacher, so for us to use a headhunter in the UAE is usually bad news. I've seen a lot of scams lately-jobs promised that simply cannot exist for people w/ limited credentials. Their MO seems to be getting "visa" fees from the perspective employees. A friend's husband, a man w/ no degree related to business or HR and extremely limited experience, was offered a job through a headhunter in the Gulf that simply didn't exist (allegedly w/ a large oil co.).

    By Blogger Cairogal, at April 25, 2008 at 8:04 PM  

  • I think that I would really appreciate you telling me how you got headhunters to realize that you exist? Really.

    By Blogger Anonymous, at April 25, 2008 at 8:11 PM  

  • DS – I know you have a soft spot for AUH .. So, i'll have to watch out to what you think about it :)

    By Blogger moryarti, at April 25, 2008 at 10:33 PM  

  • Yazan! that is fantastic news buddy! Just tell me as soon as you can WHEN will you make it to make sure i am in town... And forget about Sushi! You must have that coming out of your ears.

    Enta ta3a bas :)

    By Blogger moryarti, at April 25, 2008 at 10:36 PM  

  • Cairogal - I am not too sure about your line of work (education), but for information workers like yours truly, headhunters offer the best opportunities.

    If you want, email me and I am happy to tell you which company's you'd want to work with if you have any doubts about any of the ones who contact you..

    By Blogger moryarti, at April 25, 2008 at 10:41 PM  

  • Anonymous - its not easy to be honest and it doesn't happen overnight.

    I work for what some people like to think is a "high profile" multinational, so we are always targeted. But that’s not enough really..

    I walk that extra mile to try to be under the spotlight.

    For example; I am being hosted tomorrow on a Dubai TV program. I regularly speak in public forums and conferences. I write in papers and magazines from time to time. I network a lot .. I am on Linkedin, ecademy, xing..etc. And I've been doing that for YEARS btw.

    Its only been until recently that researchers started to notice that i do exist.

    So, bottom-line Mr. Anonymous is that you have to be anonymous.

    By Blogger moryarti, at April 25, 2008 at 10:50 PM  

  • Mo, an estikhara prayer will do nicely :) That's what it's for.

    By Blogger KJ, at April 26, 2008 at 1:50 AM  

  • Are you sure those headhunters didn't sprung up from facebook?!

    I don't know Mory. I think it's a tough call.

    But what do they got in AD? There is not even a distinct zone for IT business (like DIC).. so although the instantaneous opportunity is better, the long term potential is a question…but I am just speculating, my knowledge about the IT industry is next to naught.

    But let's not dwell over it too much, I bet your family is the ultimate decision maker lol!

    By Blogger DUBAI JAZZ, at April 26, 2008 at 12:45 PM  

  • DJ - nothing from facebook i am afraid :)

    You are in engineer right? So, in principle, designing structures are more or less the same, i- regardless to what this structure is going to be used for.

    Same thing in Communications. If you can explain PDF417 2 Dimensional Barcoding Systems to your average Joe, then believe me - noting is difficult :)

    By Blogger moryarti, at April 26, 2008 at 2:03 PM  

  • Personally, between the two I'd love to work and live in AUH over DXB - AUH has ol charm UAEiness. DXB good for weekend trips - perhaps a party or two.

    By Blogger rosh, at April 27, 2008 at 2:35 AM  

  • Rosh - same thing here. But i come to Abu Dhabi whenever i wnt to get away from it all :)

    By Blogger moryarti, at April 27, 2008 at 11:37 PM  

  • Trust me, ive lived in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Abu Dhabi is sooo much better for living...

    Plus i think long term potential is better because its not so saturated like Dubai. So if you enter the market now, promotion opportunities will be better for you in the future because you dont have a million other expats who would get the job before you would.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 29, 2008 at 2:43 PM  

  • It's funny that you're talking about the AD versus Dxb deal. When I first arrived in DXB, I wished I could move to AD. I needed that slower more oragnized pace that was relativly more similar to the States. Now, I've been offered a couple of opportunities in AD,and DXB has totally grown on me.

    Dubai is one of those places that you either love or hate.

    I'm lov'in it ;-)

    I think that if I left Dubai, I'd always feel like I was out of the loop.

    By Blogger Lady Nomadica, at May 4, 2008 at 7:59 PM  

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