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Nakheel goes on firing spree

Nakheel goes on firing spree

Nakheel follows the latest trend among developers and sacks 500 employees, approximately 15 percent of its workforce.


November 30, 2008 12:14 by

According to a press release issued by Four Communications Group, Nakheel, Dubai’s government-owned master-developer, has fired 500 employees, approximately 15 percent of its staff. A Nakheel spokesperson claims the move is a responsible action on the company’s part: “We have the responsibility to adjust our short term business plans to accommodate the current global environment. The redundancies are indeed regrettable, but a necessity dictated by operational requirements which are in turn dependent on demand,” the spokesperson said.

The decision, which was announced on November 30, comes after Nakheel scaled back its projects and reassessed the number of employees it now requires.

Although redundancies were expected in Dubai’s real estate sector, few suspected Nakheel to shed a significant number of employees. Not only is Nakheel one of the world’s largest, and high profile developers, but it is directly, and wholly owned by the Dubai government, proving that even government owned entities are not safe from the financial crisis.

Over the past few weeks, Omniyat, Damac and other developers have shed hundreds of employees; this latest spate of firings will not bode well with the growing anxiety felt among professionals throughout the emirate. –DB


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  1. 86 400 000 DHS on December 1, 2008 11:57 am

    So let’s take a monthly salary of 10 000 Dhs for 500 employees, it will work out to 5 000 000 Dhs monthly. Yearly : 60 000 000 Dhs
    Atlantis party cost: $20-24 000 000, which would amount to 86 400 000 Dhs.
    So, if they cancelled the party, they could have kept these 500 employees for around 1.4 years, by which time, hopefully, the crisis would have passed.
    Would like to know the feeling of the employees…

  2. 1of500 on December 1, 2008 1:05 pm

    Well, it sucked. but what sucks more is that they fired the active employees and kept those whose projects did not even went into final plans!

    The way they fired us was just for numbers, most of head counts were Indians and Arabis. there will be another wave of firing.

  3. abc on December 5, 2008 10:01 am

    What about Dubai world- ITC Employees..,
    Will they be affect by present economic crisis..,
    Will layoff of employees happen there in dubai world

  4. basten on December 21, 2008 12:05 am

    Atlanits party was beared by its owner not Nakheel.

  5. edDAT on February 5, 2009 10:51 pm

    Today DubaiWorld ITC laid off many members today.


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