The Ritz Carlton Al Bustan, Muscat, Oman. Yes, it actually does look like this.
Thinking about relocating to the Middle East?
Hi there, I'm Ewan.
I've lived in the Middle East for almost 4 years - and I've visited or worked in every single GCC ("Gulf Cooperation Council") countries. This includes the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Working in the region can be incredibly rewarding, but for those who haven't yet visited it can feel like a really difficult challenge - or a risky bet, especially if you're aiming to bring the family with you. I know exactly what that's like. I moved my family - my wife, two boys (ages 13, 11) and a 5-year-old daughter - and whilst we were in Oman, we actually got a dog too!
I have worked with many colleagues, principally from the UK/London market, to help them understand the plusses and minuses of living and working in the region.
I've got an in-depth knowledge of how things work here. It is, in many cases, quite different from how things operate in the West. That's not bad, at all. Indeed the quality of life offered by the Middle East can often easily trump the day-to-day drudgery of the UK.
If you're serious about evaluating a move to the Middle East, I can help
Take the first step
Would you like some qualified insight? Would you like to talk to someone who's done it and currently doing it?
Would you like to know how to get started? Who to talk to? Which headhunters to connect with? Would you like a warm introduction?
What's the best way of finding your ideal role?
How does your current role map to the Middle East?
Do you want to know the deal on how you get paid, how to negotiate and what to expect?
What are the bonuses really like? Schooling? Health? Housing?
What's it like driving in the Middle East? Do you buy a car?
What's the deal with "hotel health club memberships" - how does that work?
Should I be asking or expecting school fees to be paid?
What's it like working with the locals as colleagues - and as managers?
How should I be formatting my CV/LinkedIn for the region?
What level of detail is needed in my CV?
Do I need an introductory/personal letter?
What's the best way to actually do the move?
Do I need to learn/speak Arabic? (No, but I've got some easy tips here)
What about my spouse/partner? They've got some questions and worries.
I can give you an informed perspective on all of the above.
Accelerate your learning
If you'd like to accelerate your learning and explore a move to the Middle East, then hire me. I offer advice sessions via Teams, Zoom or WhatsApp. I charge USD 200 per hour session, paid in advance via PayPal.
Headhunters & Talent Acquisition List
I've compiled a list of 40+ headhunters specialising in financial services, fintech and banking technology here in the Middle East that I will provide you - prioritised by the top 15 ones that I rate.
I've also prepared a list of 50+ talent acquisition people working in GCC financial services who are keen to engage with executives interested in coming to the region. You can get both categories of data freely on LinkedIn yourself - just search - but for simplicity, I provide this as part of my consulting process to clients.