Mi casa, su casa, mate. I'll be here for the next few months at least, you're welcome to visit - when we go back to Malayisa you welcome to visit us there too! :cool:
Sorry to hear about your problems though Tazzy. If you'd like to travel to Dubai & look for a job here, you're always welcome to stay with us. I'm sure we can squeeze you in for a while until you either get a job & your own place or decide to move on elsewhere.
I was thinking of places/countries where you could go to stay over/ make a few bob while you're at it. I thought of the States, but their visa requirements are very strict, and it's very expensive there (relatively) plus I don't know how easy it'll be for you to get a job there (the Americans can tell you better).
South East Asia (Singapore, Malaysia/Thailand etc) are out of the picture IMHO for people starting out - we're a good place to travel to & spend money, but I think we've strict visa requirements as well for job seekers, and while a job posting there would be fabulous (I know many UK expats there who refuse to go back home :) ), it's be easier (legally) if you're sent there from the UK in the first place. And we've got a lot of expats anyway, so the governments don't look too kindly at those who overstay their visas.
Dunno about the EU countries. Again, probably a good place to visit, and it'll be easier for you to get jobs, but the biggies (France/Germany/Italy) have relatively high unemployment rates anyway so it'll be tough prolly to get a job there. Dunno about Spain though - I've heard from friends that it's the place to be in Europe right now.
The Eastern European countries again would be a nice place to visit (I'm planning to go to Romania one of these days for a quick holiday), but again jobwise it'll be tough as the salaries are quite low compared to the UK. Russia is out of the picture unless you speak Russian and besides, it's still trying to get back on it's feet so I don't think job opportunities are that great.
So I think Dubai would be a good place for you then. It's very modern, clean, good nightlife, and with a very large UK expat community. The whole place (in fact the entire UAE & the Gulf States like Qatar, Baharain etc) is growing like nobody's business right now. A bit about Dubai below:
1) It's part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It's the second most properous emirate in UAE, the richest being the capital, Abu Dhabi (where the oil is).
2) It's the most progressive place in the Gulf region. True, their citizens don't get to vote, but each one is entitled to a free house (bungalow), land, furniture & appliances. And cars too I think, and they don't have to pay any utility bills. The locals are encouraged to work, but not all do, since they get money from the government anyway. It's 100% tax-free for everyone, including foreigners. There's also great clubs, discos, restaurants (Western food galore), pubs, cafes, hospitals, schools, unis, sports clubs, malls, stadiums (oh btw, we've got Deep Purple coming next week for a concert and that'll be fun!). Women can work, drive & don't have to cover up, and I can walk around in shorts & t-shirts if I want. Alcohol is freely available in hotels & restaurants, although you'd have to get a licence to purchase alcohol for private consumption - the licence is only available for non-Muslims.
3) They just completed the infrastucture of the 'Dubai Internet City' last last year. I think they're trying to turn Dubai into the Melti-Media Corridor of the Gulf region, and so are trying to attract Western businessed in this field. It's a bit like the Malaysian Internet City built 4 years ago, but the Malaysians include manufacturing as well as designing/management whatever services. You can tell I don't know much about this since I'm an Oil & Gas engineer, and know nothing about IT at all.
4) Dubai is very stable & good place for investment. The reason is that they don't have oil (well, a bit - but nothing compared to Abu Dhabi) so they have to be open, modern & progressive to attract Western investment. Whereas Abu Dhabi is more conservative - they can afford to since they've got money coming out of their ears - you got like it, get out, there's plenty of people queing to get in, that kind of attitude). So Dubai is more of a commercial, financial centre - a trading point of the Gulf region. They've got the biggest port in the world (in Jebel Ali), and along with the Great Wall of China, is one of the few man-made structures that you can see from outer space I think.
5) Downside of Dubai. Not many, but (sensitive issue here) it's one of the few places where (I hate to say this) the white expats still behave with the old colonial arrogance. Not to the Arab locals or the wealthier 'coloured people', but definitely to the Indians, Indonesian & Filipino expats. They really do treat them terribly sometimes. The whites generally keep to themselves & get treated like kings, but it's getting better & more open now. It's more true in the case of the UK/US expats mind you - the white Europeans are much more open & are generally nicer all around. I think it's because most of the whites here come from the lower middle or working classes in the UK, and when they come here, they get villas, cars, servants etc and thus tend to let it go to their head. Unlike in the South East Asian region where I come from - our white expats there are a lot more educated and therefore know their place & so they behave themselves. :) However, this could be to your advantage since you'd then stand a better chance of getting work/accepted as compared to a bloke from Bangladesh, for instance.
Ooops. Now I'm rambling, sorry about that. Tell me if you need more info & I'll e-mail you some interesting links. I've got a friend working with Microsoft over here, but he's gone off to Mauritius for the month, the lucky sod. I'll ask him more about work opportunites when he gets back.