US Nursing: Abu Dhabi
The allure of a tax-free salary still draws in nurses and all kinds of expats. Although the increased cost of living means less disposable income, good packages can still be found for nurses and doctors. Basic benefits, regardless of employment package, usually include around 30 calendar days of leave a year, and most organisations include annual flights back to a doctor or nurses home country.
Working hours vary quite dramatically within the emirate, and are based on either straight shift or split shift timings. Split shifts are still common in Abu Dhabi; they allow for an afternoon siesta and timings are generally 08:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 19:00. Of course within a hospital environment nurses usually find things a little different
The working week generally starts on Sundays and ends on Thursdays with a two-day weekend. A nurse will notice that the UAE government is strongly encouraging the private sector to give preference to Nationals when employing staff for white-collar management positions ” a process referred to as Emiratisation.
A quota system is in place for the insurance, banking and trade sectors and the number of Emiratis employed has gone up by as much as 300% in some sectors. This phenomenon raraly affects those in the nursing profession.