Engineers in Abu Dhabi: Attracting the Right Type of Talent

Are you interested in engineering construction and want to learn more about working in the engineering field in UAE? There is a demand for skilled engineers in many different fields, so, if you have engineering skills and are good at project management, it’s the right time to look for the right position. In Abu Dhabi, many companies are aggressively looking for new talents to fill open slots.

When it comes to positions in demand, ‘project engineers’ that work on multiple projects related to building and manufacturing processes are among the top roles to be filled, as reported by Gulf News Employment. Project engineers are the people who keep construction and engineering projects on time and on a budget often in particularly high demand work sites, especially in the capital; the emirate has witnessed a moderate rate of new job creation in 2018 in order to maintain the needed headcount to finish projects.

Applicants with a degree in civil engineering or experience in managing big projects and who have worked for a construction company, as a contractor, consultancy or developer are all desirable candidates.

Engineering in the construction industry remains one of the highest paying sectors in the UAE. Of course, salary vary according to role and experience. Here are findings by Cleofe Maceda of Gulf News:

Median salary:  23,000

Highest: Project director (45,000 to 91,000/ Average: 65,000)
Lowest:  Assistant/junior engineer (4,000 to 11,000/ Average: 6,000)

So, to earn a higher salary, people normally tend to gravitate towards job vacancies in civil and structural engineering. To assume a role as a director might be within engineering design and supervision of project work.

Non-UAE nationals that want to work in Abu Dhabi, can count on the UAE’s new 10-year Visa System that will definitely be attractive for more engineers from abroad.

It is important that engineers in Abu Dhabi remember to register on govt website at “The move comes as part of the government’s efforts to regulate standards, principles and best practices in the profession and to ensure that only registered engineers with approved academic qualifications [have a valid bachelor’s degree in engineering or equivalent] are assigned relevant work,” tells Abu Dhabi’s Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities (DPM) on “Upon DPM approval, they will get an official card that will certify them to work across Abu Dhabi.”

For the advancement of engineering and the professional development of its members, the Society of Engineers (SOE) and fib-UAE pursued to advance the concrete industry in UAE by supporting Graduate student fellowship program (GSFP) where selected candidates will be awarded each a value up to 20,000 AED to study and become skilled at the materials, construction, and structure requirements for this line of work in the Emirates. Unfortunately, the selection/announcement of the victorious requests had already been made during the engineering week celebration 18-23 March; however, this is not to say the opportunity will not come again.

The UAE Society of Engineers (SOE) is also a good place to start for engineers in the UAE. To contribute and develop engineering skills and qualifications, it can “provide professional training courses and contribute in developing and raising the engineering qualifications in the UAE.” (Be sure to read more about SOE’s Foundation & Development.) A Training & Development Center will be actually built in recognition of the increase in engineers working in the Emirates to provide professional development opportunities.

SOE also offers an Employment Center to provide guidance and assistance to professionals and employers in the field. “The Employment Center has been established to provide employment and job opportunities to all its members to have a position in the government and private sectors.”

Society of Engineers – UAE is continuously increasing its members and offers opportunities for professionals to participate in free Activities (Conferences, Exhibitions, Seminars, Workshops, Scientific Lectures and Forums), enroll in Special Training Courses with Discounts, and stay informed on news or trends by reading the SOE Magazine Issues.

When job hunting, in addition to the positions published on or, just to name a few occupation sites, be sure to check the DubaiBlog site regularly for Construction Job Offers or the Jobs categorized on the webpages.

Engineers in Abu Dhabi: Attracting the Right Type of Talent

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