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Part Time Jobs in Dubai: Mystery Shopping

Updated on March 13, 2011

An Ideal Part Time Job for the UAE

Trying to find part time jobs in the Dubai or Abu Dhabi? Part time jobs in Dubai are not easy to find and many of us that come from the West find this to be a source of frustration. How can a student get some extra pocket money? How can a stay at home mom earn some extra cash while the kids are in school? I found a great solution for myself in mystery shopping.

Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the entire UAE are booming in terms of retail, restaurants and entertainment. There is competition and companies are increasingly turning to consultancies to find out how to maximize their share of this growing market. Mystery shopping is one very effective method such companies utilize to improve their service and in turn sales. Mystery shopping can also make a great part time job.

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Successful Mystery Shopping

Successful Mystery shoppers will possess:

1. Good command of written English. Actual shopping can often be done in other languages but the written reports are exclusively in English.

2. Organization. Mystery shops or checks often need to be completed within a certain time period. Companies often wish checks to be during weekday or weekend hours and often will specify morning or evening as well. The actual visit to the shop or restaurant must be completed during this company specified window and the reports must be completed within 24 hours of the visit. This rule applies to all mystery shopping companies.

3. Good observation skills and attention to details. As a mystery shopper your job is to notice details. General impressions are useful but companies want to know details. They need the names of the people you interacted with and the exact responses they gave you. After your first few checks you get much better at focusing in on these types of details but it still requires good attention.

4. Flexibility. You can be a rigid planner and still complete an excellent mystery shop but to make money at the endeavour I found flexibility to be a highly useful trait. Assignments will often come up last minute and if you are able to complete them it is very much to your benefit in terms of earning. Mystery shopping jobs can be a feast or famine. I have found myself overly busy for several days followed by days or even a week or more searching for an assignment to complete. The more flexible you are to pick up multiple jobs during those busy time the better your overall earnings are as well. Of course as with any work place your flexibility will win over many of the project managers who are responsible for assigning the mystery shopping assignments.

I have been able to make a make several hundred US dollars a month while mystery shopping part time during my kids school days with occasional checks done in the evening or weekend. There are a variety of assignments form fast food, coffee shops, full service restaurants, Banks, Government offices, public transportation, petrol stations and retails shopping outlets. There are also jobs checking websites and call centers. These assignments generally pay slightly less but have the benefit of being done from home any time you chose. You really can tailor your assignments to suit your interest and convenience.

Mystery Shopping Companies

If you are now ready to get started mystery shopping I can recommend the following two companies all of which I have worked with. If anyone has information on any additional companies recruiting mystery shoppers in the UAE please add them in the comment section below and I will include them here as well.

Mystery Shopping Companies working in the UAE:

Ethos Consultancy,

International Service Check,


I will note that Ethos is located in Dubai and does require all mystery shoppers to attend an orientation at the office prior to receiving assignments. International Service Check enrolls mystery shoppers via computer only.


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      Mostafa H. Ahmed 3 years ago

      I have been working with Ethos since 2010 and i cant say that they don't delay the payment, but at the end of the day they pay each and every Dirham as per the jobs you do, as long as the company is trusted then no problem for delay with me.. agree with Joelle..

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      Joelle 3 years ago

      To be honest i have worked with ethos for years now and they always pay and i have made lots of money with them, but that's true sometimes they delay payments but in the end i always get my money... been told that delay comes from their clients... but i just got my last payment (2650) cleared last week so i am guessing this is old subject now....

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      Liza 4 years ago


      The company called Ethos Consultancy does not pay to shoppers... They did not pay me for the jobs done in February, March, April, May... They give excuses, such as "we do not have money" etc. I am thinking to report them to Police as this is pure fraud. So, if you are looking to do mystery shopping in UAE just avoid them.

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      Desiree 4 years ago

      This is very helpful! So glad I've read about this mystery shopper thingy.

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      jamal 5 years ago

      I am looking for a part time 7am to 3pm job.

      Request you to pls let me know any openings are available in Dubai or Sharjah.

      +971 055 75 27 793

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      sab 5 years ago

      i just finished ethos training . i was looking forward to working with them . but now i have second thoughts after reading this.

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      Majd 5 years ago


      I have also worked with (Ethos) for 3 months and made good money but till now I don't receive any payments.

      I want to ask the writer of the article and both (Rupa) and (Rosh) who complained of their lack of commitment to pay . Do they pay at the end or it is kind of swindle?

      Please tell me when they pay for you if they did?

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      dez123 5 years ago

      do not work with Arcane consultants - after job is done the don't pay and don't make refund of money you've spent, claiming that you did not follow scenario!

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      gal 5 years ago

      I am looking for a part time evening job. Pls let me know any openings are available in Dubai- Thanks- +971 (0) 559907650

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      Rosh 5 years ago

      Hi.. I've been doing mystery shopping for Ethos Consultancy and I've been making about around 1000 Dirhams in 3 months now..

      I would like to know how is their payment system? Bcs we have to wait for a month before we can issue our payment and after that I was told to wait again for I don't know how long until my payment is processed..

      Can somebody help me pls, I'm kind of worried reading few posts related to ethos saying how awful they are in paying the shoppers.. Info pls anyone.. Thank u ever so much :) xx

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      Rupa 6 years ago

      ETHOS - Do not register of bother doing checks for them after the 1st timely payment, they stop paying for months together. It's like you cant trust them with timely payments. I know of more than 5 Shoppers who have stopped working with them. My money is still stuck with them :((

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      fiona Mckerrell 6 years ago

      hi I am moving from the UK to Join my Husband, and would love to try this kind of work! any advice would be fab,

      thanks in advance

      fi mckerrell

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      Ansar 6 years ago

      I am looking for a part time evening job.

      Request you to pls let me know anyopenings are available in Dubai


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      Saffi Uddin 6 years ago

      You have any idea about anyother companies doing mystery shopping in Abu Dhabi. Actually I am already working with Ethos and ISC. I want to know about other companies also

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      Sufidreamer 7 years ago from Sparti, Greece

      Interesting Hub - As yet another expat, I know how difficult it can be to make a living and I am sure that this Hub will help many people survive tough economic times :)

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      Autumn Lynn 7 years ago from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

      Thanks. I did read that you have lived abroad for a while and are married to a German-right? It is a challenge to find part time work here in the UAE for a variety of reasons. I think if you need flexibility but are willing to work aggressively Mystery Shopping can work well.

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      edelhaus 7 years ago from Munich, Germany

      What a great hub! I'm an expat myself so I know how challenging it can be to find work. This is an excellent resource for people living in the UAE. Well done - vote up!

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      Autumn Lynn 7 years ago from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

      You should come to Dubai prasetio. You are not too far from us in Indonesia. Thank you for the encouraging words. I am working on a few hub ideas so I hope to have something up soon. Take care.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice information and really work. I hope I can visit Dubai someday.Thanks for share these tips. Keep on writing and give us other useful information. I am glad to see you again. Love and peace.

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      Autumn Lynn 7 years ago from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

      Thanks for the kind words. Next task is to learn to how to get more traffic. Hoping some of your hubs can help me with that! Thanks again for your comments.

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      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Nice looking first hub...good work.

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      Autumn Lynn 7 years ago from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

      Thanks Rebecca E. I appreciate you taking to the time to look over my hub. Thanks for the encouragement in your hubs as well as your comment. I am committed to getting mself writing today!

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      this is well done, and a great first hub. You have teh right idea.

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      Autumn Lynn 7 years ago from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

      Thanks so much for the comment. I saw that you mentioned mystery shopping in one of your hubs. It is booming here because of the growth. I made over $200 USD this week already just doing mystery shops!

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      Sima Ballinger 7 years ago from Michigan

      Autumn Lynn, this is a good article. You give an excellent description of the work of a Mystery Shopper. It is very similar in the U.S. VOTE UP!!!

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