Work-from-home in the UAE: Is it here to stay?

There is a decline in the number of job postings that require remote working or working from home. However, there are thousands of job opportunities listed on different job portals and channels across diverse sectors in the UAE and the Gulf. Among the popular jobs that are available for people seeking to work from home are call center representatives, marketing specialists, sales executives, business development managers, and finance officers.

After the implementation of COVID, employers, and managers are increasingly insisting that their employees return to work as restrictions have been eased. However, most employees prefer a hybrid work model. They tend to move on to more flexible companies if their current employer does not provide this opportunity.

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Research directed by LinkedIn this year observed that 77% of experts in the UAE are thinking about a job switch this year, with the absence of remote work choices being one of the main ten purposes behind their departure.

As per LinkedIn, the portion of remote work postings in the UAE sits at 4.3 percent as of February 2023, a critical plunge of 22.8 percent from January and a much more prominent decay of north of 50% contrasted with that very month last year.

While there are over 1,500 work-from-home job openings on, at least 600 of them are in the GCC and more than 300 are in the UAE. The figures are dependent upon future developments consistently.

“In the UAE, the proportion of remote job postings has been falling as managers return to their teams at the workplace despite the frequent vulnerability to exhibit higher business revenues, according to Najat Abdelhadi, head of communications and career expert at LinkedIn Mena.

That’s what she exhorted assuming bosses are hoping to hold their best ability, who will assist them with remaining on top and exploring the quickly changing business scene, they need to painstakingly consider what their labor force needs and that incorporates adaptability.

Options for working from home:

Bayt’s director of human resources, Ola Haddad, stated that the website offers a wide range of work-from-home opportunities for UAE job seekers, with employers actively seeking candidates. In addition, call center representatives, marketing specialists, sales executives, business development managers, and finance officers are some of the most commonly advertised positions.

According to LinkedIn, Najat, the top five sectors in UAE with the highest share of remote job postings as of February 2023 are technology, information, and media, followed by wholesale, consumer services, and oil, gas, and mining.


  • Software-as-a-service (SaaS)
  • Business-to-business (B2B)
  • Social media skills
  • Professional services
  • Accounting software
  • Tally ERP
  • QuickBooks
  • Interior Design
  • Wholesale sector
  • Tally ERP
  • Direct Sales and Sales & Marketing
  • Consumer services sector
  • Arabic language
  • Bilinguals

WFH skills in demand

Common skills:

  • Strong communication
  • Adaptability
  • Flexibility
  • Good negotiation
  • Multitasking
  • Good organizational techniques


“It is important for recruiters to find candidates with the appropriate skills in order to support their rapidly changing strategies. Nowadays, it is not sufficient to have a university degree or a few years of experience. In order to stand out from the crowd, it is imperative that you possess the right skills that can drive greater productivity and growth for the business,” stated Najat Abdelhadi.


“Accordingly, the skills required across sectors in the UAE have changed by 27 percent on average between 2015 and 2022. What’s more, with the Coronavirus pandemic stirring up the job market, the speed of progress has just sped up. That is the reason job searchers need to keep steady over the most latest skills required for their positions,” Abdelhadi added.

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