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Re: Dubai Gigs
« Reply #1 on: Oct 16, 2016, 04:17 am »
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Re: Dubai Gigs
« Reply #2 on: Oct 17, 2016, 08:48 am »
I also currently have a gig in Dubai. It's for a FT Lighting Designer (theatre and night club). The guy that we just had ran into Hurricane Matthew troubles and is no longer able to make the trip. Any interest or leads would be much appreciated! I would be happy to answer any questions through PMs.

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Re: Dubai Gigs
« Reply #3 on: Oct 17, 2016, 01:22 pm »
I also currently have a gig in Dubai. It's for a FT Lighting Designer (theatre and night club). The guy that we just had ran into Hurricane Matthew troubles and is no longer able to make the trip. Any interest or leads would be much appreciated! I would be happy to answer any questions through PMs.

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How soon do you need someone?  I know a number of LDs who are here for a while, but everyone is maxed out for a few months.
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Re: Dubai Gigs
« Reply #4 on: Oct 18, 2016, 12:55 pm »
Honestly, the sooner the better. A few months is a few months out of my time range  ;D.

As for the Dubai Parks and Resort gigs, I would be a little cautious. They have been continuously delaying the openings. I also know that the performers (and ASMs) are being underpaid by Dubai standards. Just remember, don't settle for anything less than what you're worth ;)

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Re: Dubai Gigs
« Reply #5 on: Oct 18, 2016, 04:08 pm »
Noted posting with interest - and your guidance and info too, jman255. I'm always leery of commercial ventures like this - be they resorts, hotels or cruise ships - so several grains of salt taken with each posting.

And, for what's it's worth, here's Canada's Foreign Affairs Office's take on the area at present -

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/united-arab-emirates
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Re: Dubai Gigs
« Reply #6 on: Oct 19, 2016, 12:24 am »
Honestly, the sooner the better. A few months is a few months out of my time range  ;D.

I figured that was the case.  Sorry, I don't think I'll be able to recommend anyone on that short of notice.  Everyone I know is fully maxed out.  You're also entering the busy season here as the weather has shifted away from "melt your face" hot.  Good luck on that front!

As for the Dubai Parks and Resort gigs, I would be a little cautious. They have been continuously delaying the openings. I also know that the performers (and ASMs) are being underpaid by Dubai standards. Just remember, don't settle for anything less than what you're worth ;)

I wouldn't be too worried about the delayed opening.  I am not sure how long you've been out here, but delayed openings are par for the course.  The construction schedule for the parks was, let's say, "very aggressive" (this is a public forum after all).  It is coming together rapidly, and while it's still not ready for the public eye, I am optimistic it will be a project I'm proud to be associated with when it's finished.

As for the salary point: I don't know what they're paying folks here, but agreed and your point is appropriate for any gig!

And, for what's it's worth, here's Canada's Foreign Affairs Office's take on the area at present -

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/united-arab-emirates

Also for what it's worth, there have been more terrorist attacks in the US and Europe, and more attempted attacks in Canada in the last year than there have been in the UAE.   ;)

The UAE is fantastic, and personally I feel 100% safe here - as did my wife during her time here, but there are some very naughty boys and girls not too far way.  Definitely look at a map and make sure you're comfortable with this region before considering anything here.  For many folks it is a deal breaker, and that's totally understandable.  I can tell you that I did not accept my gig here sight unseen.  I came over for a couple of weeks worth of meetings before committing to the project, and it was not at all what I was expecting.  Before landing here I was waffling whether to accept the gig, after being here for a couple of weeks I was all in. 
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Re: Dubai Gigs
« Reply #7 on: Oct 19, 2016, 06:35 am »
KMC, are you currently in Dubai? I've been here for over 2 years. I take you're working at Dubai Parks and Resorts? 

I'm fully aware of the busy season as my workload has doubled (tripled without an LD). Fortunately on my end, there is a person currently reviewing our offer.

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Re: Dubai Gigs
« Reply #8 on: Oct 19, 2016, 08:38 am »
KMC, are you currently in Dubai? I've been here for over 2 years. I take you're working at Dubai Parks and Resorts? 

I'm fully aware of the busy season as my workload has doubled (tripled without an LD). Fortunately on my end, there is a person currently reviewing our offer.

Yes sir - supplying and integrating audio / video systems for two of the parks.
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Re: Dubai Gigs
« Reply #9 on: Dec 29, 2016, 04:12 am »
I am currently working here at Dubai Parks and Resorts- I can confirm that the pay rate is much lower than one would expect and there are several issues that have popped up as an employee here. Dubai itself is great, I have no problems with the area at all. Message me for more details, as I have been warned off posting too much on this forum.
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