Whilst most candidates will not be offered the opportunity to do this, it is reassuring for candidates to know that Waitre d’ are official agents for ‘The World’s only 7 Star Hotel’ in Dubai, one of the largest cities in the United Arab Emirates. Tourism remains one of the biggest industries in Dubai and there are numerous opportunities for South Africans and other expatriates in one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world. For this reason, the city of Dubai remains the destination of choice for a large percentage of Waitre d’ candidates, however the capital city, Abu Dhabi, the nearby Yas Island and Doha, the capital city of Qatar, are destinations that are growing in popularity.
In order to encourage a foreign English-speaking work force in these growing cities, local and international companies offer great benefits such as free air-tickets, employment and residence visas, accommodation, transport, meals in food and beverage environments, medical and paid annual leave. End of service bonuses are also offered if you have worked there for a minimum of one year. Companies also invite promotion through hard work and loyalty, however promotion is not offered to everyone and should not be an expected benefit.
There still seems to be a lot of misconception about what it is like to live and work in one of these destinations. The truth is that these are multi-cultural cities which are a lot more Westernised than the rest of the Middle East, mainly because of the high percentage of foreigners living and working there. In a city such as Dubai, more than 80% of the population is made up of expatriates and their influence in this Muslim state can be seen during Christian holidays such as Christmas and Easter.
Dubai and nearby cities offer the most wonderful opportunities for those who are prepared to work hard. Socially, Dubai in particular is paradise. The shops are amazing, the nightlife is exciting and the sport and recreation facilities are some of the best in the world.
There are no other opportunities for South Africans who want to live and work overseas which offer as many benefits as those which are offered by the companies in the Middle East. These companies offer the free benefits in exchange for you working for them on a permanent basis for a length of time. More information regarding how the contracts work can be found in the Frequently Asked Question section of this website.
Amazing opportunities and a great, safe lifestyle are on offer in this part of the Middle East. Most South Africans wanting to travel and experience working in other parts of the world find that visas are extremely difficult to obtain themselves. It can take years to save sufficient funds for the air ticket and few employers in other countries offer free accommodation or similar benefits. To work in the United Arab Emirates or in Qatar: you are not required to have any money in your bank account and reflected in your passport, your visas will be organized on your behalf, so will your flight, accommodation and other benefits. So for the cost of your administration fee, medical check-up and spending money, you could be flying off to work and live in a new and exciting destination.