Hi. I suppose I just want to echo what others have said. Dubai is not for everyone, either personally or professionally but it can be great. I have worked in 2 other countries before arriving here 7 years ago and they all have their pros and cons. There are still loads of job opportunities in Dubai each year, but there is a lot of competition for the positions. Having said that we still struggle to fill some positions each year so it's not always the case. However, too many schools opened, then industries cut jobs so schools are struggling as a whole to fill seats and it's a tough market. There have been various wage freezes for teachers etc. I arrived here on 14k 7 years ago (plus accommodation etc) as a Head of Department and now I earn a considerable amount more, but I have also had promotions. At the time I was earning the same as I would have in my previous job in a well paid country in Europe. If you are young, it is a great place to live - loads of partying opportunities. However, I came here at 30 and I am now 37 and it's also great. I only go to brunch about 3 times a year. But I also go to the souks in Old Dubai and watch the Dhows sail to Iran, I go to a really cheap Vietnamese restaurant and eat a massive bowl of Pho for about 3 GBP. I go and watch the birds at the bird sanctuary, walk my dog at lakes in the desert and watch sunrises in the cold winter, I eat cheap Indian delivery food, I go to the mall when it's hot and can't take any more shopping, I am going to Abu Dhabi this weekend for a staycation at a 5* resort where I will lie in the sun (although it's actually pretty cold at the moment) and eat at an amazing Indian restaurant. In half term I could have seen Alicia Keys, Snow Patrol and Jamiroqaui in concert at the Jazz Festival or seen Roger Federer play in the Dubai tennis. 3 weeks ago I went to see Othello at the Dubai Opera House which was an acclaimed English touring production. I am going to see Michael McIntyre in concert in a month's time. I've seen top quality golf, Formula One. There are people that hate it here, and I go through times when it's far too hot, some people are too arrogant and I just want to walk in the cold and green. But most of the time it's a great place to live!!