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Careers UAE 2013 - 1

The 13th edition of UAE Careers Exhibition ends on a high note with thousands of applications.

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June 2, 2013 2:39 by



Be it Qatarisation, Omanisation or Emiratisation – there’s no denying that states across the Gulf are currently intensifying their efforts of training, educating and employing their nationals in both public and private sectors of the country.

Each state has chosen a different path of nationalisation and while Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have adopted arguably controversial schemes like reducing the expat populations by hundreds of thousands over the years, the United Arab Emirates has been pursuing an entirely organic approach. And 2013 – labeled earlier by Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum as the “Year of Emiratisation” with intensified efforts and initiatives– has never seen better results.

At the 13th edition of the Careers UAE, where roughly 150 companies showcased their recruitment and enrolment needs, the exhibition played host to a whopping 17,522 Emirati visitors and an extremely high volume of applications. All in all, the three-day event raised the bar in terms of attendance and garnered steady exhibitor participation.

“As Emiratisation efforts intensify across the country to attract UAE nationals to a vast array of career opportunities, exhibitors participating at this year’s event have demonstrated steadfast support to contribute to the country’s recruitment goals,” says H.E. Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

As any country would tell you, nationalisation is rarely an obstacle-free road – and pitfalls, diverse challenges and obstacles are expected – but as efforts are amplified and new initiatives are born, the UAE hopes to employ over three thousand Emiratis in public and private sectors over the next five years throughout various industries.

This morning, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank has announced that – after a successful series of career open days in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai – it has decided to hire 60 UAE nationals out of the approximate 600 applicants that were interested in working for them.

ADIB has been recognised for two consecutive years with an award by the Emirates Institute of Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS) for its continued commitment to Emiratisation and for supporting Emiratisation initiatives in the UAE.

The next step is for other companies to filter through the pile of pending applications received during this year’s exhibition and find the right talent.



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