Monthly Archives: April 2013

What Are The Top 5 Jobs In The Gulf

gulf countriesIf you’re having second thoughts about going to some of the Gulf countries, this article can help you decide. Leaving your home country is never easy, especially if you have to go thousands of miles away. But, there are plenty of reasons which can help you go the distance.

The Persian Gulf consists of seven countries: United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Iran, Qatar and Kuwait. Common thing for all Gulf counties is oil. Believe it or not, this particular location contains more than 50% of the world’s oil reserves. States from Persian Gulf currently produce about 20% of the entire world’s oil output.

Consequently, Gulf countries offer tons of job opportunities with excellent working conditions. Working in Gulf is popular for a reason. High pay is probably the greatest motive for many job seekers from every corner of the earth to try to find a job and live in Gulf countries. Yet, job in the Gulf can give an extra boost to your career. Here is a list of top 5 jobs in the Gulf countries.

1. Construction. The highest paying jobs in the Gulf belong to this sector. According to statistics, an average salary in the construction industry is $11,454 per month. Demand for skilled and talented professionals is constant as well as for the higher skilled jobs such as project architect, site supervisor, site surveyor, architectural draftsman, but also for the less skilled jobs such as plumber, carpenter, electrician, mason and painter. The construction industry in the Gulf is one of the fastest growing industries in the world.

2. Banking and finance. Approximate monthly wage is $11,240. Accounting technician, chartered accountant, actuarial consultant, credit analyst, investment banker, tax advisor, branch manager, a treasury manager and a retail/personal banking manager are some of the positions that can guarantee you fat salary package. If you want to live and work in the Gulf, it is important to know that you need to have residence and employment visa.

3. Information Technology. Compared to last year, there has been a slight increase in salary, about 9%, which means nice $10,593 per month. Popular careers in IT sector are: database administrator, web developer, computer systems analyst, software developer and computer engineering. If you are an expert in this sector, than the best country for you in the Gulf is Saudi Arabia where IT head earns approximately $11,526.

4. Human Resources. HR area in the Gulf is among the best paid jobs with a whopping salary of $11,468. HR manager in United Arab Emirates takes home around $12,543 per month. Average monthly income in this sector has dropped from last year, but it’s still one of the largest in the Gulf countries.

5. Sales and Marketing. Whether it’s a multinational or local company, the head of the company earns about $11,560 per month. Besides the highest salary package, almost every company in this sector provides other benefits such as accommodation facilities, medical insurance, death benefits, offshore pensions, tax exemptions on employment income etc.

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How To Furnish Your Home or Office On a Budget

furnishing your homeFurnishing your home or office can be pretty expensive – new couch, office chairs, desks, carpets – you can end up flat broke. Fortunately, there are some tricks that can save you thousands of dollars. If you want to achieve the best value for money when it comes to refurbishing and decorating your premises, you don’t need much – just some time, a lot of creativity and relatively small amount of money. And here is how:

Before you buy anything, try asking around a little bit to find out whether your friends or their neighbors have some stuff they want to get rid of. Maybe you can use a couch or a table that is lying around your cousin’s house, change the fabric or repaint it for a fresh look. Furthermore, it is possible that you already have some pieces of furniture hiding unnoticed somewhere in your house or garage so you could use them and avoid spending additional money for furnishing your house or office.

Now that you’ve exhausted all possibilities of friends and relatives, it is time to get organized. Before you start spending any money, decide how much you can or want to spend and make a list of all the things you need. By doing this you will avoid buying items which are too expensive or unnecessary.

The next logical step is browsing the internet. There are numerous websites where people sell, or even give away used and unwanted things, especially furniture, home appliances, and clothes. The truth is that it may take you some time and nerves to find what you need, but you can shop at prices that are up to 80 percent lower than the market price. The other good idea is to buy wholesale or look for the liquidation sales. Stores that are going out of business sometimes sell items at only 20 or 30 percent of their retail value.  Also, look for the factory outlets where they sell products much cheaper than the shops due to the fact that there’s no middle-man.

The next thing you can do is to paint the walls. Paint is pretty inexpensive way to change the look of your house or an office and the best thing is that you can do it by yourself. If you’ve never done wall decoration before, the abundance of tutorials and step-by-step instructions you can find on the internet can be of great help.  There are also websites where you can ask professionals for a piece of advice or download home and interior design software for free.  This way you can visualize your ideas, experiment with colors, and remodel your home or office online before you start with the real work.

Also, pay attention to lights. Take full advantage of the natural light and get some cheap lamps that will enrich the space. Just keep in mind that you should avoid cold fluorescent and over-bright light because it can cause eye strain and fatigue.

In the end, add some details – cushions, nicely framed pictures, paintings prints, flowers or other plants which will make the space look warmer and give it a personal touch.

 

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