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How to travel and work in Dubai legally from Nigeria seems to be a hard question to ask, but it is very possible. It is possible for you as a Nigerian to work and have a good live in Dubai and I am going to explain to you in details how you can make your dream of working in Dubai come to reality.

I am not talking about how to work legally in Canada or the Current cost of new and renewal of a Nigerian International passport. The aim of this article is to answer your question and any other related questions to How to travel and work in Dubai legally from Nigeria.

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The Hard Truth

There are some sincere questions I will like to ask you before I proceed so that you can access yourself and confirm that you are really ready to move for work in Dubai.

Why would I hire you? Do you have any special skills that I can’t find in Dubai already? Do you have unique talent that will fulfil my business in a way that no one in Dubai can? Are you really good in that skill that you are my best option out of others in Dubai?

For a Dubai Company to go to another country to recruit is a cost for the Business. They have to send a recruiter, pay for their travel, hotel, food, and pay to the recruiter partner in that country and also pay for the person to fly over.

They can eliminate a lot of recruitment cost if they decide to employ someone from Dubai. The hard truth is that there really have to be a great need for them to go outside and recruit.

You should also note that majority of the jobs available to work in Dubai for Nigerians are unskilled labour such as, Construction Workers, Cook, Gardener, Cleaners and the likes except you have a special skill like I discussed above.

Travel and Work in Dubai Legally from Nigeria

To answer your question, I will give you 3 ways to work in Dubai legally from Nigeria. The first two are recommended while the third way is not. I will explain just right below.

1. Apply For Jobs Online

This option would mean you are here in Nigeria and through the internet, you are applying for openings. This is what I will recommend. It might take time and some money but it’s still the safest method.

Let me give you an insight, when requirement demand goes up, the bigger organizations send their recruiters to all sorts of various countries to recruit for specific skills. Could be a big equipment operators, truck drivers, even people in hospitality, mechanics and few other roles. It depends on specific positions they are recruiting for and specific skill sets they are looking to hire.

You have to keep applying and doing follow up.

Work In Dubai Legally From Nigeria

A woman takes a taxi from the RTA’s rank at Ibn Battuta. Jaime Puebla

Another way to go by this is to keep an eye on the newspaper for companies recruiting in the Middle East. UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar etc. BUT also be careful, some of those recruitment companies also try and scam people. They might charge you a fee and tell you they will get you a job. At the end, the only thing that you can count on is an actual offer letter from the company that has interviewed you or through friends who have used an agency to get a job in the GCC.

2. Have a Relative or Friend in Dubai Help you

This can be the best option if your relative or friend over there is ready to help you. The idea is that you must know someone who have been in Dubai for a while and then the person will find you a Job over there and do all the processing. You just have to go over to Dubai for interview or to start the job.

Since your friend over in Dubai would have settled it all, the company will be the one to send you a job invite and that will make everything pretty easy.

3. A Disguise Visitation

I have heard people talked about people who have successfully used this method to find a job in Dubai but the chance is pretty very low. So you need to think twice before taking this route.

The idea is to procure a 2 months tourist visa, arrive in Dubai and search for job within the period of your visa. If you can get any job, congratulation and if you can’t you just wasted a whole lot of money.

Going to Dubai is a huge cost, staying in Dubai is a huge cost, so it is a big risk to go there looking for a job if your financial situation is tough. It will be really be risky if you decide to travel to Dubai and then when you get there, you think you will find a job.

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Other Important Things To Know

Assuming you finally get a job in Dubai, there are some things you need to know before you can work in Dubai.

Requirements for a Dubai Work Visa

For a Nigerian to work in Dubai, he/she will need a residence visa, labour card and health card. This will allow you to have a working stay of up to 2 years.

The next question is how can you get a residence Visa?

There are two ways to get a residence visa:

– You will need to be sponsored either on the basis of the ownership of a business in the U.A.E.
– You will have employment contract with an employer in the U.A.E and we usually process work visa for our clients.

Medical Examination

You will have to go through a medical examination and blood test to rule out diseases such as HIV, hepatitis C or tuberculosis. Submit your medical records, two passport-size photos and photocopies of your passport, written job offer verification and employment visa application (the one completed by your employer) to the Department of Health and Medical Services to obtain a health card. This step is mandatory for foreigners working in Dubai.

You just have to keep applying and don’t give up. The following sites are online platform where you can apply for a job online in Dubai.


Once you successfully go a job from any job site, the first thing to do is to confirm the genuineness of the employer(s). Then don’t waste time before requesting for a written job contact letter, otherwise known as employment letter.

When your prospective employer issues you written confirmation of a job offer, they begin the employment visa application process on your behalf.

Wait for the employer to complete and submit the necessary application to sponsor you for a Dubai employment visa. Another thing you should know is that the employer is also responsible for paying the applicable employment visa processing fees. The information supplied all along from the start of your process must be very accurate as the United Arab Emirates immigration department will contact you when the information submitted by your employer has been verified.

It’s Hard, but it’s not Impossible

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  • Lazarus Abraham Kenny March 8, 2019

    Hello sir, thanks for the advice to guide a Nigerian seeking for a Job In Dubai. But I want to ask, a man ask me to get International passport that he will take care of how I will get to Dubai, that he will connect me with a company to work, that the company will be responsible for my accomodation, but he said I will sign a lawyer agreement with him with a surety to stand for me so that when I get to Dubai and start working and getting salaries I will pay back his money, sounds good right? but what is your take on this, I mean, your advice.

  • amos oweisi March 10, 2019

    I am okey with our article , and it as made me know what to do. cos I have someone who need Dubai work visa urgently , please can u help me out? tanx

  • babagana May 21, 2019

    pls help me which job in dubai notify me wen need worker i am reedy to go contet me on dis number 08127042653 thank u sir i wish you goodluck good bye

  • Christian September 12, 2019

    Its the best I ever read, more grease to your elbow sir. But am in Dubai currently looking for a job, I will be greatful if u can assist me get a job before my visa expire.

  • usman sulaiman October 29, 2019

    thanks you sir for your advice, I am really wanted to worked at Dubai. but the problems is that I dont have some one who can back me up to there, all the matter is about the issues of money but I have a skill that once I reached to Dubai I will enjoy my living there

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