Relocating to Middle East


Relocation & Recruitment Advice

Whether you're looking to expand or add to an office, or are planning a relocation with a new challenge, our Executive Search Middle East team can help you make the right choice.  

AP Executive consultants can assist you with jobs in the Middle East. Please peruse the information provided for you below or contact us to discuss further options. Our Executive Search Middle East team are experts in the market in this part of the world. 

Our Executive Search Middle East team are experts in the market in this part of the world. We specialise in jobs in: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.


Middle East is the region that sits at the confluence of Asia, Africa and Europe.  The countries within this area come under Asia, but for geographical clarity, this transcontinental region is categorised as a separate landmass. The Middle East can be divided into four distinct culture areas: Arab, Turkish, Iranian, and the newly evolved Israeli culture – all these represent distinct variations within the broader Islamic civilization. 

Although the economy is diverse, the oil industry has earned a remarkable reputation worldwide. During the period from 1965-1985, the oil-producing states (such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar) generated enormous revenue from exports; thus contributing to the overall growth of the region. In the past few years, several countries have taken significant steps to diversify the economy, with particular focus on developing the financial services sector.

With tremendous growth in the financial services industry, the Middle East has emerged as an attractive destination for highly-qualified professionals, offering great career development opportunities and competitive salaries. There is a huge demand for financial specialists in various sectors, including wealth management, insurance, risk and compliance and banking. Better regulatory measures, along with political and economic stability means Middle East is an ideal market to invest money in.

Why choose Middle East

These locations have excellent natural resources such as oil and gas, and construction is also a major industry in this region. This creates good opportunities within law, finance and wealth management and many areas are actively encouraging foreign companies such as investment banks. Companies and individuals can take advantage of some very favourable tax rates in the Middle East. In Dubai, for example, there are no income or capital taxes apart from for oil and domestic banking, so international banking is in a great position here. Private equity investments total around USD1billion in Dubai, with current estimates predicting this will grow. As more than 80 per cent of the investment in the region is currently offshore, increasing the need for the local business community to draw on international expertise, AP Executive finds itself in a position to add real value to clients. Oman levies no personal income, estate or gift tax and efforts to stimulate foreign international investment have worked meaning more money is being invested here. There is, however, company tax to be paid. For some regions, predominantly Saudi Arabia, knowledge of Sharia law is essential for legal jobs, private banking jobs and wealth management jobs.

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