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Work-Life Balance in The Fast-Paced City of Dubai

Part 1: What is it about?

Dubai is an extremely attractive location for job seekers. In the past few years, it has become a go-to destination for people from all over the world to visit, live and work. Dubai is a land of opportunities for people from all over the world, who move to this city to find better jobs and live a better-quality life.

In a study published by a cloud-based company, Kisi claimed that Dubai is one of the most overworked cities in the world. Despite this, the UAE labour law ensures that employees in the city are still able to enjoy a good work-life balance.

There was a time when the employees had no opportunities for growth and worked simply to fulfil their obligations. The lack of available vocations also acted as a deterrent as people were unable to focus on what they considered important. With the rise of globalization and increasing competition for seeking employment, the conditions of employment have drastically changed.  Now the employees seek more benefits and better opportunities for their skills along with better work-life balance.

The work-life balance, which is enjoyed by the people in Dubai is attributed to the organisational culture across workplaces. The generous overtime payments offered to the employees for working beyond their assigned hours, and the no-income-tax policies make the employees feel compensated for the efforts they put into their job. The organisational culture in Dubai ensures that the employees are paid for their skills and experience professional growth while working towards their goals. The technological advancements in the city and the comfortable living environment have together ensured that life in Dubai is enriching, empowering, and enjoyable.

In my opinion, adequate monetary and intrinsic rewards offered to the people in Dubai, allow them to achieve a successful work-life balance despite being over-worked.

In the next part of the blog, I will further analyse the impact of being over-worked delve deep into the lives of the working population in the emirate.

Farah Itani is Account Executive at Cicero & Bernay Communication Consultancy, an independent PR agency headquartered in Dubai offering new-age public relations consultancy to the UAE and across the MENA region. | www.cbpr.me