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Living in Abu Dhabi

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Due to the fact that we currently have new job vacancies for specialist doctors in the field of Cardiology, Gynecology, Nephrology, Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, Radiology and Emergency Medicine in the United Arab Emirates capital city Abu Dhabi, we consider useful to provide some information about living in the UAE. 

Abu Dhabi is a modern day miracle, and is considered Dubai’s less-brash sister city. Abu Dhabi now has its own skyline of architect-designed bridges and buildings, as well as a growing cluster of international museums and high-rise apartment blocks rising from the desert, making it an increasingly attractive place to live for both expats and Emirates.

What is it known for?

Abu Dhabi is a modern day miracle, and is considered Dubai’s less-brash sister city. Abu Dhabi now has its own skyline of architect-designed bridges and buildings, as well as a growing cluster of international museums and high-rise apartment blocks rising from the desert, making it an increasingly attractive place to live for both expats and Emirates.

What is it known for?

Located just 130km south from splashy Dubai, coastal Abu Dhabi has traditionally been known as the staid seat of the federal government, home to the ruling Abu Dhabi Emiri Family. The emirate owns 95% of the UAE’s oil production and 90% of the population is made up of expats. “Abu Dhabi provides a wealth of opportunity and allows people to live tax free,” said Lizzie Johnstone, a Brit who has lived with her family in Abu Dhabi for five years. “The expat and local community are welcoming, the schools are good and at the weekend you can go to the beach.”

Abu Dhabi is the largest of the UAE’s seven constituent emirates, and the city center is on Abu Dhabi island, connected to the mainland by three bridges and surrounded by a number of smaller islands, many of which are being developed by luxury resorts, shopping malls and real estate companies. Over the last decade the city has concentrated on developing its tourism, education, financial and cultural sectors to diversify its economy, which until recently relied almost exclusively on oil production. On Saadiyat Island (less than a kilometre off the shore of Abu Dhabi’s city centre), alongside luxury developments and golf courses, architect Jean Nouvel’s floating Louvre Abu Dhabi will open in December 2015, part of a cultural district that will also include the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (designed by Frank Gehry, due to open 2016) and the Zayed National Museum (designed by Foster + Partners, possibly opening 2017). A second campus for New York University Abu Dhabi is being planned for the island’s Marina district. Suburbs like the futuristic Masdar City are also part of the emirate’s master plan.

While the snazzy luxury resorts bring a bit of Dubai-like glitz, the city is also making efforts to preserve its natural resources, such as mangroves and turtle nesting spots along the turquoise waters. “If you are prepared to work hard, embrace the desert and respect the culture, you will have a very nice life,” Johnstone said.

Where do you want to live?

The Corniche on Abu Dhabi island stretches along the waterfront and is home to many mixed-use developments, hotels and malls, making it a very desirable place to live. Also sought-after are the modern luxury developments found on other islands such as Al Reem, or on the mainland in suburbs such as Khalifa City along the Abu Dhabi-Dubai Road. “People are spread out all over, but it will never take you more than half an hour ­– traffic permitting – to get anywhere,” Johnstone said.

Saadiyat Island is currently being developed with villas and high-end apartment blocks, and will be home to about 160,000 residents. Another popular island located close to the city centre, Al Reem, has experienced a few setbacks. “The master planning on Al Reem didn’t quite take off, so some of the projects have stalled,” said William Neill, director and head of Cluttons Abu Dhabi real estate and property consultant agency. Al Raha Beach, an area of Khalifa City, has a range of medium to high-end apartments, plus access to private beaches. North of the Abu Dhabi International Airport, along the E11 motorway to Dubai, the Al Reef development has villas that are popular with families.

Side trips

Dubai is about a 90-minute drive north, depending on traffic, and people go back and forth frequently; a passenger rail link between the two cities is in the planning stages, with the first expected service in 2018. Oman’s Musandam Peninsula is a popular weekend destination for diving and dolphin watching, and the northern emirate Fujairah is popular for trekking through the wadis (valleys) and hills. Muscat, the capital of Oman, is around 435km to the east, a four-hour drive or a short flight away.

Abu Dhabi International Airport has flights to many European and Asian destinations. Mumbai is about a three-hour flight, while the Maldives are just more than four hours away. Paris and London are each about a six or seven hour flight.

Practical information

Prices in Abu Dhabi used to be much higher than Dubai, so people would often live in Dubai and commute to Abu Dhabi. But post-recession, the scenario has flipped. “In addition, the government put in place a rule that if you work for a government agency or ministry, you have to live in Abu Dhabi and that helped feed demand,” Neill said. Now prices in the older buildings on Abu Dhabi Island are falling as people leave for newer communities. In modern developments and luxury buildings, there is a high demand in both rentals and sales. “Sale value tends to be going up because there is a low supply on the market,” Neill explained.

Most expats rent while living in Abu Dhabi. A two-bedroom flat in a high end building on the Corniche, Saadiyat Island or in Al Raha Beach rents for between 140,000 to 200,000 dirhams a year (it is typical for rents to be paid yearly in Abu Dhabi). On Al Reem, a similar property rents for 110,000 to 130,000 dirhams a year. In these prime areas, apartments currently cost 14,200 dirhams per square meters.

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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!