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Becoming a Solicitor in Dubai - Everything You Need To Know

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Every year, thousands of British expats choose to relocate to Dubai and it's easy to see why. 

With its subtropical climate, spectacular skyline architecture, high salaries and low taxes, migrating to The UAE certainly has its appeal - especially for Solicitors and legal professionals. 

According to ShipIt, 240,000 British expats already live in Dubai, and the country has 200,000 new arrivals from all over the world each year. 

Whatever the reason you’re thinking of moving to The UAE in 2022, here are some pros and cons for you to consider.

Why become a Solicitor in Dubai? 

The economy in Dubai is one of the strongest in the Gulf and has become one of the leading global centres. 

Certain parts of The UAE’s culture has been allowed to westernise, creating opportunity for foreign Lawyers and Solicitors to practice. 

For Solicitors who want to work with a diverse range of people from different nationalities and backgrounds, Dubai is a great place to do so.

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How much can Solicitors earn in Dubai? 

Salaries in the Middle East can vary depending on the type of practice you work for and years post qualified. 

  • In Regional practices you can earn £4,550 to £15,000 per month

  • In International practices you can earn £6,800 to £21,000 per month

  • At In-House practices you can earn £6,800 to £21,000 per month

Find out more in our Legal Expertise Salary Guide for 2022.

What areas of law can Solicitors practice in Dubai?

The UAE’s economy is bouncing back following the fall out from the pandemic. The following areas of law are experiencing booms: 

  • Construction and Major Projects 

  • Corporate M&A

  • Banking and Finance

  • Dispute Resolution

  • Energy and Projects 

What visa do you need to work as a Solicitor in Dubai? 

Solicitors who want to spend more than 30 days in The UAE will need a visa. A Probationary Work Visa is valid for three months and is granted by the Ministry of Dubai.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum of six months from the date of entry into the UAE. For residence permits, your passport must be valid for at least three months in order to travel to the UAE.

A residence card or permit allows legal professionals to live in the UAE for up to 10 years and can be renewed as many times as needed. 

You can find out more information about living and working in the UAE for more than 60 days from the following websites: 

Things to consider about moving to Dubai 

The UAE legal system is largely influenced by Sharia law, making the lifestyle very different to the UK. 

  • There are strict laws surrounding alcohol and where it can be consumed 

  • Public displays of affection are frowned upon 

  • It is illegal to have sex outside of marriage 

  • Homosexuality is illegal 

  • The cost of living is much higher which may outweigh the tax benefits 

Things benefits of moving to Dubai 

  • Subtropical climate

  • Cosmopolitan, city lifestyle 

  • Competitive salaries

  • Tax-free living 

  • Emerging markets 

  • Strong expat communities 

Speak to the recruitment experts at IDEX Consulting today 

If you work in Legal and aspire to work as a Solicitor in Dubai, you can find out more about moving to the Middle East in our toolkit.

If you know what you want to do and would like some advice on how to get there, speak to the recruitment specialists at IDEX.