Networking & Events

With Dubai still being a relatively small city, made up of communities that are smaller still, networking is critical, even across industries. Everyone seems to know everyone else and getting in with the corporate ‘in-crowd’ definitely has its plus points. 

Business acumen here can, at times, be more important than specific industry knowledge so it pays to attend business events and trade shows. Make friends in government departments and this will often land you in the front line for opportunities. 

Likewise, bad news is rarely made public here, so staying in tune with the grapevine can help prevent wrong decisions. Social networking sites like LinkedIn ( are a great resource when looking for new jobs or contacts, while groups like Heels & Deals ( arrange regular meet-ups. is an exclusive social networking site for high-level executives and entrepreneurs willing to pay the Dhs.18,000 joining fee.

There are various business councils across Dubai.

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