With one of the highest car density rates in the world at 540 per 1,000 people, Dubai has several opportunities for driving work. The emirate offers decent wages and benefits that attract both domestic and international workers. If you are looking for work as a professional driver, there are many areas where you can offer your services from the private to the public sectors. Dubai has a variety of jobs for professional drivers and even those with less experience can work for private homes & families. For as long as you meet the driving requirements and obey traffic laws, a driver’s post in Dubai should be a straightforward task.
Requirements for working as a driver in Dubai
Ads for driver positions can be found in online websites, government portals and work agencies. As an Emirati, you can work as a driver if you have a valid UAE driver’s license and have at least a year’s driving experience. For foreigners who wish to take up jobs as drivers in Dubai, it is the responsibility of the employer to secure a work permit issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE). The work permit allows the person to enter and work in Dubai. It is valid for 2 months during which time the employer can apply for a resident ID card and a labor card.
Job requirements vary across each type of work and there are occupations that need at least 5-10 years of experience. These include operating and driving machinery, trucks or long vehicles. However, all driving work requires that you must be able to drive vigilantly and safely. Following traffic laws, sticking to set schedules and knowledge of Dubai roads are essential.
In some cases, the job description might require you to have knowledge of basic car mechanics so that you can take care of maintenance and servicing. You must be able to tell if the car is fit for driving or recommend to employers to replace an existing vehicle in the company’s fleet of automobiles. The cleanliness of a car is also a part of your responsibility not only for good visibility while driving but also to retain its pristine condition.
Pay scales and benefits
A driver in Dubai can earn from AED3,000-AED5,000 or more a month. The average salary for a delivery driver is over AED36,000 according to PayScale. There is no minimum wage under the UAE Federal Labour Law. Minimum salaries are usually set by employers. Hence, it is important to negotiate your salary as this becomes the basis for your end-of-service gratuity pay. If you are relocating to Dubai for a driving position, ensure that the company includes a return flight to your country of origin as mandated by law. Gratuity pay must also be included in your contract as well annual paid leave of 21 days for the first year and thereafter, 30 days, if applicable. Medical insurance can be taken up by the employer or the government. Recruitment and visa processing costs are also taken care of by the company.
There are many driving job positions in Dubai that you can fill up. Depending on the requirements and your ability to negotiate for an attractive remuneration package, relocating to the Emirates for a driving gig can become lucrative and an attractive proposition. It is also an exciting post to be working in one of the biggest business hubs in the world.