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Expatriate Healthcare News: Disillusioned former expats return to Dubai

Many of those who move to the Middle East to be an expatriate believe that they will do so for just a couple of years and then return home.

But recent trends show that after stints enjoying the benefits of year-round sunshine and tax-free wages, those going back to their native countries are finding the situation hard, reports the Telegraph.

Knowing that the situation is better in Dubai and surrounding areas, many people returning to Britain and other countries are finding huge job cuts, reduced salaries and a lack of career progression hard to bear.

This situation means that many of these expats are choosing to return to the Middle East as opposed to staying in the UK as planned.

A number of head hunting firms in Dubai are seeing the level of returning expats increase exponentially with the majority of them coming from eurozone nations.

This means that the situation for expats looking for work in the city is changing dramatically, with more competition for each post.

Konstantina Sakellariou, marketing and operations director at Stanton Chase, told the news provider: “The economy in Dubai and, in general, the UAE is not showing such growth to accommodate the number of people wishing to relocate. As such, companies have the luxury to be selective.”

Prior knowledge of the business, region and expat life may help some applicants, but add to the large number of expats the fact that the government is encouraging the hiring of local staff, times are tougher for returning expats.

As a global financial hub, Dubai has traditionally attracted expats in the banking sector, but there has also been an increase in the number of industrial, healthcare and education workers seeking employment.

But for any former expats thinking of returning to the UAE, the best industries in which to get a job are oil, gas, petrochemicals and airlines.

For returning expats the chance of getting such a good remuneration package as the one they left is very slim, so it is worth weighing up the options before giving up the expat life in the first place.

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