Thank you for your email and your kind words. We always try to serve our fellow Greeks and Cypriots as best we can.
As you can imagine, with all the construction that has been going on, there has been a great need for Architects in Dubai and the Emirates in general. This may be affected now with the major world economic problems coming up. Existing projects already have Architects and new work may be slow to come through.
Nevertheless, as you will be going with your husband and therefore on his sponsorship, it may be easier to find work as you would be a less expensive recruit for most companies (as they can offer you a lower income without housing and transport allowances). Salaries are as high or as low as you negotiate! As there is much supply, companies are likely to negotiate you down. If you are lucky enough to find a good, professional, international organisation they can be quite high. If you can be patient and take your time, you are more likely to find a good position.
Most companies in the industry do not advertise except in extreme circumstances, so the best is to actually find out who the major companies are and go and visit them directly. I must warn you that it is a cut-throat market, though, with many people seeking work and professionalism does not score high. There are some Greek firms who are active in the industry and may be a safer bet for you. How do you find them? Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has an excellent database of companies.
On the subject of English schools for the children, there are such in every Emirate and in most cases more than one - in Dubai there are probably over 20. Most of them also offer a bus service at an additional cost.
Overall, my advice is to research before you arrive, and possibly apply to the Greek companies before you arrive, but for the rest, my overall recommendation is to focus on your job hunt when you arrive as it will give you an opportunity to find who is and is not reputable, etc.
10 December 2008