The software industry in UAE is quite well-entrenched and developed in comparison to other Middle East nations. The software sector in UAE is mostly comprised of multinational software companies that find the absence of stifling trade embargoes and barriers conducive for growth and development.

The country doesn’t have many home-grown or domestic firms that are engaged in software programming or development. Software establishments from all over the world are attracted to UAE’s free economic zones as the country offers numerous incentives for doing business. Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the principal software hubs of UAE with Sharjah having a smattering of companies.

The key foreign software establishments in UAE are:-

  • Microsoft Gulf FZ LLC
  • Lotus Technologies FZE
  • Oracle Middle East Abu Dhabi
  • Novell Middle East Dubai
  • IBM Middle East FZ. LLC Dubai Internet City
  • Compaq FZE, Dubai
  • Sun Microsystems UAE Limited
  • Hewlett-Packard Middle East
  • Cisco Systems, Dubai Knowledge Village
  • Digital Equipment Corporation FZC

Some of the local software companies are Emirates Information Technology, Cyber-Gear, ITS, Emirates Computers, Gulf-Computers, Dubai-Online, Netventures and EMITAC. Apart from the above, many Indian software firms have their chapters in UAE. UAE offers lucrative career opportunities to software professionals, especially those who’ve completed a bachelor’s or masters in software engineering.

A fresh software engineering graduate can apply for a job position in the sub-sectors of software consultancy, software development, software programming, computer network systems, computer software Arabization, and computer graphic services, and so on.

Software Development Salaries in Dubai

A software engineer can expect an initial yearly salary in the range of AED 120,000-180,000 that can go upto AED 376,000 – 753,000 within five years. After one amasses two decades of working experience one can expect a whopping annual salary of almost AED 1,600,000. The starting salary that a fresh graduate software engineer will ultimately receive will depend on the standing of the organization, its size, the city where’s he employed, his skills and certification and so on.

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Median Salary of a Software Engineer in UAE


Job Title Average Monthly Salary Range in AED
Software Engineer 10320 – 24500


Median Salary in Terms of Work Experience


Years of Experience Maximum Average Salary in AED
0-1 year 175,140
1-4 years 209,496
5-9 years 361,870
10-19 years 560898
20 years and above 1,600,000


Median Salary According to Employer

Ajman Free Zone 9494 14915 20363
Al Awan Computers, Dubai 10484 14088 19601
Al Shafar Group of Companies Dubai 10719 16224 22205
Arabian Crescent Software Technology LLC 10196 14241 17458
ATI Modern Technolgy centre 9954 14050 18071
Blue Chip Computers LLC Dubai 10873 15774 20673
CERT Group of Companies 10107 14394 18684
Cyberworld Information Systems 11484 17003 22670
Datalogic Technologies Dubai 11633 15362 20582
Digitcom Technology Dubai 12081 14020 18196
Dubai City Info 12667 15959 22074
EMTECH Computer Co.LLC 10887 16108 21179
FAL Group of Oil Companies 13572 17898 24609
Fast Lane Technology 10291 14169 17330
Frontline IT Solutions Dubai 12826 15515 20433
Gemalto Middle East, Dubai 10589 15660 20582
Globodyne Technology 9247 14020 17599

Median City-Wise Salary


City Average Maximum Salary in AED
Abu Dhabi 360,000
Dubai 420,000



Median Salary According to Certification

Median Salary According to Certification Average Maximum Salary in AED
Microsoft Certified Professional 31624
Sun Certified Java Programmer 42619
Project Management Professional 52700
Certified Professional Engineer 29975
Cisco Certified Network Associate 22323
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer 26457
Business Certificate 22737
ITIL (Information Technology Library Foundation 21283

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Median Salary in Terms of Skill

Skill or Speciality Average Maximum Salary in AED
Java 42619
.NET 31624
C# 30145
ASP.NET 28655
SQL 29650
Oracle 30624
C++ 30145
HTML 16550
Microsoft SQL Server 26650
PL/SQL 25540


Median Salary According to Industry

Industry Average Salary in AED
Software Development 25650
Telecommunications 24595
Commercial Aviation 29241
Banking 30780
Telecommunication Solutions 24367
Aviation (FBO) or Airlines 26932