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

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 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 have drastically changed.  Now employees seek more benefits and better opportunities for their skills.

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 for working beyond assigned hours, and the no-income-tax policies make employees feel compensated for the efforts they put into their job. 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, although we are well aware that many complain of being over-worked.

How is the work-life balance achieved?

Dubai has for long cultivated a work culture that has helped it climb up the ranks and make place among the top 10 cities in the world where living and working conditions are considered to be at their best. Statistics say that the average working hours in Dubai is 40-48 hours and that the emirate ensures a professional entrepreneurial environment, better job and promotion prospects as well as higher salaries, which attract people from all over the globe. Moreover, it has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world.

Additionally, punctuality is a key trait in Dubai and with a focused work culture, the people of Dubai have collectively raised the country’s standards. The responsiveness to the pandemic was one of the milestones that raised the status of the city.

For years, the global leaders of the world have been the USA and Russia, but Dubai has worked its way into establishing itself as the most sought-after city to work, which is commendable. To top this off, Dubai is also one of the safest countries to work in.

So how is this perfect balance achieved? Dubai allows its people to enjoy their work. Surveys show that expats prefer to shift to Dubai to improve their earnings, make progress in their careers, and overall, improve the quality of their life. If work and life go hand in hand, what better option than working in Dubai?

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. |