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I am registered with a job site that sends me emails regarding positions. For the last year its been undertandably poor but these last two weeks there have been quite a vast number for Dubai in the construction industry.
Would you say that Dubai construction is picking up?
I havent had a decent job since I left and although I didnt have such a good time in Dubai I would go back.
 

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There are certainly signs that the construction industry has more activity now than it did 9 months ago.

However, many of the projects that will be touted are most likely to be in Abu Dhabi, as many of these recruiters seem to think Dubai & Abu Dhabi are the same place.

I personally think it will be another 12 months (at least) before things start to move again properly, but at nowhere near the pace of the recent past.

My company currently has work for the next 3-4 years, 2 major projects in Abu Dhabi and 1 in Al Ain, and they must be one of the few actively recruiting companies on a decent scale
 

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^Agree. There is a big supply glut in the construction business. There are 2 pillars to Dubai's economy. Construction and tourism. Not sure how tourism is faring lately.
 

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Just hijacking the thread but other than distance what are the main differences between the abu dhabi and dubai, would you rather live in one then the other?
They are quite different places. AD is the capital of the UAE (has some 75% of the total land) and has the money. It is more traditional in feel, perhaps less westernised and rents are much more expensive. It is becoming the cultural capital too with more events at Emirates Palace, the FI track and the forthcoming openings of a maritime, Guggenheim and Louvre museum.

Dubai is more glitzy, has a bigger tourist industry, more hotels, malls, bars and restaurants. Most younger people, and the singles, prefer Dubai as there is more to do. Rents are cheaper.

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Thanks for the replies.
I prefered Abu Dhabi, I didnt get lost as many times there. When I worked at the Dubai office I once walked in to a round of applause for actually making it in without getting lost and phoning for help. Sure I'll be back one day.
 

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I feel its picking up..... to be honest even through the recession I was still busy, but there's a lot more confidence...
 
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