Expatriation in abu dhabi

Pages: 26 (6274 mots) Publié le: 8 mars 2011
Fall semester 2010

Expatriation to Abu Dhabi, UAE


International Human Resource Management 352

Mr. Paul Coldwell

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3

2 Living in Abu Dhabi 3
2.1 About the country 3
2.1.1 Culture – Religion 3
2.1.2 Etiquette 4
2.1.3 Women in UAE 5
2.1.4 Climate 6
2.1.5 Lifestyle 6
2.2 Conditions of expatriation 62.2.1 Education for children 6
2.2.2 Expatriate salary 7
2.2.3 Pension 7

3 Working in Abu Dhabi 8
3.1 Hire local staff: 8
3.1.1 Hiring 8
3.1.2 Typically Requested Education 8
3.1.3 Salaries and Benefits 9
3.1.4 Working hours and Holidays 9
3.2 Manage local staff 10
3.2.1 Business Practices 10
3.2.2 Labour Law 10
3.2.3Activities for staff 12
3.2.4 Training 15

4 Conclusion 17

5 References 18

6 Appendices 20
6.1 Table with average salaries 20
6.2 Peer Assessments 22
6.3 Self Assessments 22


Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE is formed by seven emirates; the emirate of Abu Dhabi is the largest of all,comprising almost 87% of the country’s total area.

Abu Dhabi’s main revenue is the export of oil; however it is predicted to run out sometime after 2100. This attractive, green and distinctly Arab city just appears to be hitting its stride. While not as cosmopolitan or as sophisticated as Dubai, Abu Dhabi also lacks traffic jams and the poseurs that plague its neighbour, making it a much moreliveable city. Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) is investing highly in the development of the tourism industry in Abu Dhabi, its strategic goal is to attract 2.3 million hotel guests a year by 2012 (TDIC, 2010).

Living in Abu Dhabi

1 About the country

1 Culture – Religion

Nowadays, despite their cosmopolitan lifestyle and ultramodern infrastructures, the Cultureand values are very present in Abu Dhabi, mainly due to the importance of the Islam. Warm, friendly and welcoming people by nature, they consider the family as very important. Locals in Abu Dhabi are easily distinguished by their traditional dress: men wear dishdasha, a collarless dress down to the ankles, usually white and women wear black abayas over their clothes. A woman who marries later canwear the burka, a veil facial when she is in public places (Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority).

Islam is the official religion of the UAE. Nevertheless, non-Muslims are warmly welcomed. The Islamic holy day is Friday, which explains why the week end is Friday and Saturday. Muslims are required to pray five times a day; the times vary according to the position of the sun, when the modern-daycall-to-prayer is transmitted through loudspeakers on mosque minarets (Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority).

The five-times per day call to prayer in one of the biggest differences living in a Muslim country. It could be very loud. The prayer (salat) that happens each Friday at about 12p.m is much longer and some people pray louder. The prayer can be heard on the street, at home or work andalso on the radio or televisions.

Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims and usually falls on the ninth month of Islamic calendar (Hijri Al). During this month, the Muslims not only abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from sunrise to sunset, but also refrain as any activity or behaviour incompatible with the Islamic values. At sunset, the fast is broken with the Iftar feast. DuringRamadan, no eating, smoking and drinking in public places until the end of the day. Moreover, no live music or dancing is allowed (so nightclubs tend to close for the entire month) and cinemas limit daytime screenings. The dates of Ramadan change each year following the Islamic lunar calendar and it lasts about 29-30 days. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims have a three-day celebration called Eid Al...
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