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The Middle East seeks doctors

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

The Middle East offers benefits not matched by the general European labor market, with net salaries starting from 5000-7000 Euros/Month, free housing, free flights and of course working conditions of the highest standards.

More info’s in the following video:

Vlad Sarca, representing EGV Recruiting talks about the benefits of working as a doctor in the Middle East:

“First of all, the net salaries are very high, they start from 5000-7000 Euros/month, the hospitals in which the positions are available are very well equipped, and the extra facilities offered such as free housing and accommodation as well as a series of free flights/year.”

Hundreds of CV’s have gathered on the tables of the recruiting agencies, with candidates being interested in finding suitable careers in countries such as Germany, France, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Belgium and of course the Middle East the UK and Ireland.
Source of the article here

Living as a foreigner in Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012


Are you about to begin an exciting new life in Saudi Arabia? In recent years, the country with the largest oil reserves in the world has attracted numerous multinational companies and foreign workers now living in Saudi Arabia.

It is important to know that people seldom move to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the cultural experience, the weather, the food or any other enticements other destination countries offer. Westerners tend to come here for the high tax-free salaries and while earning it remaining in Western-style compounds far removed from Saudi life.

This is perhaps the most important thing to realize, you are not moving to Saudi Arabia at all, it’s rather more a transient western colony that amalgamates and magnifies the best of life back home. The life of an expat in Saudi Arabia is intensely social, as fellow immigrants form strong, quickly formed bonds and weekends are centered on compound get-togethers, trips to the desert and diving excursions.


Most foreigners live in Jeddah and Riyadh both of which have the full range of western amenities, from Starbucks to Toys “R” Us, a wide range of accommodation, and the majority of Saudi Arabia’s employers.

It’s important to know that in Saudi Arabia you are expected to dress conservatively in public. While it’s neither necessary nor recommended for men to wear traditional Saudi dress, women are advised to wear the Abaya, a loose black dress covering the whole body. Wearing a veil is definitely not required for non-Saudi women, but you might want to carry a head scarf with you in case you are asked to cover your hair.

Foreign women arriving in Saudi Arabia, who do not own an Abaya, can borrow one at their hotel for a limited period. If your stay exceeds a couple of weeks though, it’s probably worthwhile getting your own Abaya.

Western men should always wear long trousers and shirts, unless they’re engaged in some sporty activity. In a business environment, a full suit is certainly the best choice, despite the scorching heat.

From a woman’s point of view, the Saudi experience is mixed but positive over all. Yes, women have to wear an Abaya and occasionally a headscarf, they are not allowed to drive but the shuttles provided by the compound can resolve any need for transportation.

The social life of women in Saudi Arabia will vary greatly based upon the marital status. If you are moving to Saudi as a single woman, you will want to know what to expect in terms of having a social life. One woman talked about her social experiences as a single expat:

“For me, the best part of living in Saudi is the social nature of the place among the expat community. While I did live on hospital accommodation with other females, there were social opportunities available to mingle with both male and female expatriates on coed compounds. I met my British husband there and am now living in the U.K. where I have had more difficulty developing a social life than I ever did in Saudi.”

Legal System

Before coming to Saudi Arabia, foreigners should be aware that behavior which is perfectly acceptable in their country of origin may be a punishable offence in Saudi Arabia. This includes homosexual acts and public consumption of alcohol, even if you are a non-believer. Sodomy, adultery, drug possession and prostitution may incur the death penalty. Moreover, you should avoid anything that could be interpreted as missionary activity for other religions than Islam.

Health Care

Health care generally has a fairly high standard in Saudi Arabia. Every major city has both public and private clinics with plenty of well-trained staff and state-of-the-art equipment. English is widely spoken, especially in the private sector, as many doctors and medical personnel are foreigners, profiting from the high salaries in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has a good public health-care system providing free or low-cost treatments to all Saudi citizens and expats alike. High-earning expats and Saudis often opt for private healthcare. The perks it offers, such as luxurious hospital accommodation and virtually no waiting time, do, however, come at a hefty price. Expats should therefore check with their health insurance whether it covers some or all of the costs incurred.

Waiting times in general are low, even in the public sector. You can expect to be seen by a doctor within 24 to 72 hours of requesting an appointment. In emergencies, you will be seen to immediately.

Health Emergencies

Most hospitals have an Accidents and Emergencies department. If you’re new to the country, make sure you know where your nearest hospital is. This particularly important, seeing as ambulance services are not always as fast and efficient as they should be and you may therefore need to arrange your own transportation when going to the hospital.

If you don’t know the number of the ambulance service, or if the operator can’t give you a satisfactory time of arrival, your best option may be to call a taxi. Make sure the urgency of the situation is clear to everyone concerned.


You should be able to get most of medication you require in pharmacies. However, don’t automatically assume that drugs which are prescription-free in your home country can be obtained without a prescription in Saudi Arabia too. On the other hand, antibiotics, for example, are freely available over the counter. Pharmacies are usually open in the morning and afternoon, and every part of town has one pharmacy on night duty.

Drugs like anti-depressants, sleeping pills and similar have been banned by the government and are therefore not available in Saudi Arabia. If you need to import them (FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY!) make sure you always carry your doctor’s prescription with you, and if possible a note certifying that you are in need of medication.     


Working and living in Saudi Arabia is best treated as an adventure and new life experience. The key is to make sure one is going for the right reason:

  • For career advancement
  • Cultural experience
  • And financial enrichment

So if you are an experienced specialist doctor in the fields of cardiology, anesthesiology or ophthalmology, and consider a medical career in Saudi Arabia, we invite you to send us your application at:

If you have any questions feel free to ask!

Thank you!



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Working as a Doctor in Saudi Arabia

Monday, February 27th, 2012


EGV Recruiting is known as a leading healthcare recruitment agency operating in Europe, recruiting doctors form Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Lithuania and Latvia for medical care providers in Germany, France, Sweden and Norway.

We have decided to branch out and bring our candidates the opportunity to apply for medical careers in the Middle East, rewarded with payments and benefits that no EU country offers at the moment!


Introduction to Saudi Arabia:

The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia is the largest state in Western Asia, by land area, constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula, and the second largest in the Arab World. It has access to the Red Sea in the west and Persian Gulf in the northeast.

Saudi Arabia has the world’s second largest oil reserves and is the world’s second largest oil exporter. Oil accounts for more than 90% of exports and nearly 75% of government revenues. According to the studies made by the World Bank in 2009, Saudi Arabia has the strongest economy among the Arab states, and its economy is the 13th most competitive in the world.


“Romanian Doctors in high demand in the United Arab Emirates” – was a resounding title in the Romanian press last year, as highlighted by the Romanian news program “Stirile ProTV”:


“The news about the skillful Romanian doctors has traveled far, reaching even the ears of the officials in the Sheikh kingdoms. So, the UAE officials appeal more and more to the Romanian healthcare specialists, especially for luxurious private clinics.

There they receive salaries worthy of “One thousand and one nights”, salaries even 20 times higher than in Romania.

As a specialist doctor in orthopedics, Jenel Patrascu, after working for years and years at the Timisoara County Hospital, got a little tired of his paycheck. So he decided to start applying for jobs in the Emirates and started sending a bunch of resumes. Soon he was called for an interview and started regular work in a part-time system.

The rich in Qatar, Kuwait and UAE, including the Royal family are willing to bear transportation and accommodation costs rewarding with nothing but the best the Romanian doctors. As Dr.  Anrei Motoc  first entered a clinic in Dubai, he thought he was in a 7 star Hotel.  

In Romania, an experienced specialist doctor earns about 2.000 RON/month ( about 460Euros/month) while in the UAE, in just a few days a doctor can earn up to 7470Euros for just a couple of surgeries performed.

In order to be accepted, the specialist doctors must have at least 10 years’ experience as specialists.”



The year 2012 has brought changes especially regarding the criteria for eligibility!!!

In order to be a suitable candidate you must be a specialist doctor with minimum 3 years’ experience as a specialist and you must be fluent in English.



Starting contracts are for one year, the renewal of the contract is rewarded with a substantial bonus.

Everything in KSA is tax free so people can save the Majority of their Salary.  Availability of buying a car at 50% cost compared to Europe (gasoil 5 € full tank!).

The standard work week in Saudi Arabia is 48 hours. The numbers of hours in a shift vary somewhat from department to department but generally are around 9 hours/day. The standard work week is Saturday through Wednesday.

Other benefits include:

  • Starting salary from 5000 – 7000Euros/Month depending on experience
  • Provision of Furnished Housing
  • Free Medical Coverage
  • Free mobilization and de-mobilization flights to and from point of origin + Annual air ticket to Point of Hire.
  • 30 days of Annual Leave per year ( 2.5 days per month of service, to be utilized by the employee after 6 months of service)
  • 11 Holiday Leave per year ( 5 Days Eid Al Fitr, 5 Days Hajj and 1 Day Saudi National Day)
  • Medical library/ Internet access
  • Availability of on Job training & courses
  • Availability of Promotion & Transfer


For Saudi Arabia we are currently looking for specialist doctors in the following medical fields:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Ophthalmology



Would you consider Saudi Arabia?

You are more than welcome to apply via e-mail:


Thank you!