Stagnating Non-oil Economy in UAE – How to Be Successful in a Highly Competitive Job Market

United Arab Emirates (UAE) has always been a land of dreams for people coming from all over the world to find the right opportunities to make their career move forward on the path of success. Since the discovery of oil and petroleum in the late 19th and early 20th century, the region has been a predominantly oil-based economy. But after the Independence from the British Government, the economy of the UAE has spread into different areas over the years and now is one of the most diversified economies in the whole of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Dubai is considered to be the prominent Emirate that has to be appreciated for this recognition.

Slow economic growth in non-oil sector due to job market stagnation

Job market stagnation is always a big blow to the economy of any place and Dubai has seen a slow growth early in the first quarter of 2016 due to this stagnation. Later into the start of the second quarter the business conditions in Dubai have improved, but the job market was still slow in growth. If it continues to follow the trend it will affect the economy, which in turn will lead to a highly competitive job market.


The UAE’s job market is all about diversity. So when it comes to non-oil sector, it is equally important; whether it is a construction job or a sales job in Dubai.

Remain ahead in the competition

There is nothing positive about a competitive job market; it is all about being in a constant state of self-improvement. But that should not let you put off in the quest for a better career. Here are some of the ways that you can be successful in such a competitive job market:

  • Widen your professional network

With more competition in the job market, it is advantageous to have a lot of references. If you have good connections with professionals who are working in some of the best organisations in Dubai, you can get news about any career opportunities. Their references may also come handy when you are applying for a position in a competitive job market; as in such a situation, there are usually an inflated amount of candidates applying for the same position.

  • Brand yourself and improve in your current job

You do not always have to make a move to be successful in your career. Make a great impact on your current work by branding yourself as an important asset of the organisation. If your boss thinks that you are a sine quo non part of the team, you can always expect to get a promotion or good pay raise targeted to entice you to stay back.

  • Proactively search for the job you want

Do not wait for a recruiter to call you for a job interview. Proactively search for the job that you want in various job portals and classifieds, and call the recruiters. Calling recruiters directly rather than just putting across emails ups your chances of scoring an interview call.

  • Check out online forums of your profession

Trying to get a position that you want but is not getting opportunities due to the high job market competition? Try checking out online forums of that profession. It will help you to know about all the recent news regarding job opportunities in that profession.

  • Make your online presence stand out

If you are coder spend time sharing your awesome codes on Github and social sites for geeks or if you are a designer you can share your beautiful designs on Behance. It’s all about selling yourself online and making your profile standing out prominently.

  • Be flexible

In a competitive job market, it is very important that you stand out from the rest. One way is to be open to flexibility. Flexibility does not mean you should do odd jobs, but it means that you are flexible to working different timings and projects related to your work.

  • Learn a new skill which is in great demand

Want to move forward in your career but not able to due to the high competition in your field? It is time you learned some new skills that are in great demand.

As the saying goes, “when the going gets tough, the tough gets going”, it is all about proving how tough you can be to show your determination to succeed and that you are one of the best in the industry.

Author Bio: Hasib is a professional writer working with one of prominent job portals in gulf –Naukrigulf.com.

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