Working in the Middle East

If you’re thinking about working in the Middle East and want to know more about the locations we serve, please click on the images below to view the profiles.

Benefits of working in the Middle East

Tax-free salaries and low outgoings

These are two of the biggest benefits of working in the Middle East. All salaries are tax-free at source and with free accommodation and utilities, it is possible to save a considerable amount of money.

Flights to and from the Middle East will be paid at the beginning and end of your contract and will usually include a mid-year round trip ticket, which most of our candidates use to visit their families. Annual leave is generous with some hospitals offering up to seven calendar weeks and you’ll receive a bonus at the end of your contract. Given the location, most holiday destinations in Africa, India, Asia, Australia and South East Asia are far closer than they would be from Europe.

Doctors and senior managers are usually offered family-status contracts and benefit from an education allowance for their dependent children. Nurses and allied healthcare professionals will generally (with occasional exceptions) be offered single-status contracts.


Most clients will provide you with air-conditioned, comfortable accommodation, either through allowances or at special ‘compounds’. These are private complexes, rather like gated communities, located within or near the hospital grounds. Life within a compound is free of the restrictions of many Middle Eastern countries in terms of dress codes and alcohol restrictions, and free transport is provided to and from work and for local shopping.

Social life

Most hospitals organise trips to interesting places and you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational activities. As you get to know your colleagues, your social life will take off and you probably won’t want to leave at the end of your contract.

To find out more about specific hospitals and opportunities in the Middle East call us on +44 (0)20 7959 1105 or email us. We look forward to hearing from you.


The only island-state in the Arab world, Bahrain is a peninsula of 33 islands with a combined area about the size of Singapore. Visitors are attracted by excellent diving and water sports, the local culture and a relaxed friendly atmosphere.

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Kuwait is famed for being an oil rich country but is also rightly proud of its numerous islands teaming with birds and wildlife, and its beautiful sandy beaches. History lovers can find ancient Greek archaeological sites on Failaka Island.

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Oman’s natural landscape varies dramatically, with vast sandy deserts giving way to immense stretches of rugged mountains, dry rocky valleys known as ‘wadis’ and lush green plains watered by monsoon rains in the south.

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Qatar is one of the best places in the Middle East to experience the warm welcoming nature of Arab culture. Stroll or take a run along the Corniche waterfront to admire the traditional dhow boats and enjoy the many parks of Doha.

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia boasts forests, grasslands and mountain ranges besides desert, along with surprisingly good golf courses. Shopping and eating are the main entertainments, as well as the frequent expat parties that are rumoured to take place.

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United Arab Emirates

This federation of seven emirates stretches from the west coast of the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Peninsula. The area is rich in pearls, which have been sustaining the local population for centuries. Explore a coastline scattered with islands, coral reefs & ridges.

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