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Posted by Tabaloa
on 19 Oct 2020

I have been offered a new job in Abu Dhabi (no interview) but have also been asked to pay for UAE Visa; work permit and UAE Engineer Registry Fee.

Does anyone know if this is normal for UAE processes as I feel this sounds strange? Is it normal to pay for work permits etc. when working in Abu Dhabi?

Company: Western Tanks and Pipe Industry?

Claire on 20 Oct 2020 - 07:30

Hi @Tabaloa,

You are right to question this job offer. If you read Visas for Abu Dhabi, you will see that employers are responsible for all costs getting work permits for their prospective employees. They are, after all, known as your 'sponsor'. For more info, you can visit the official portal of the UAE government ( While the company you mention seems legitimate, the job offer is suspicious. Have you tried contacting the company directly from contact details on the website itself?

If you are still interested in working in Abu Dhabi, you are bound to encounter an employment opportunity that meets your skills and career.

I hope this helps.

Tabaloa on 20 Oct 2020 - 08:44

Thanks for prompt response. Not rushing into anything now.

tompitman on 22 Oct 2020 - 13:05

Yes, I agree with Claire. This is highly likely to be a scam. 

1grump on 23 Nov 2020 - 17:00

I too have been offered a job in Abu Dhabi, without an interview.  The company is PETCO Oil Gas.  The travel agency, Century Travel is requesting upfront payment for visas, which doesn’t seem right.  I believe this is a scam also.


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