Working in the Middle East

With its tax-free salaries and the low outgoings, working in the Middle East makes it possible to save a considerable amount of money – just one of the many benefits of working abroad.

Why work in the Middle East? 

You’ll receive free flights to and from the Middle East at the beginning and end of your contract, which usually includes a mid-year round trip ticket meaning you can visit friends and family at home. Annual leave is generous with some hospitals offering up to seven calendar weeks plus you’ll receive a bonus at the end of your contract. Many holiday destinations in Africa, India, Asia, Australia and South East Asia are easier and closer to visit from the Middle East so you can see more of the world while you further your career.  Doctors and senior managers are usually offered family-status contracts and can benefit from an education allowance for their dependent children. Nurses and allied healthcare professionals will generally (with occasional exceptions) be offered single-status contracts.

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Most clients will provide 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 places of interest giving you the opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational activities and you get to know your colleagues. As your social life takes off and you explore more of this beautiful part of the world you might find you don’t want to leave at the end of your contract… 

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