Dubai economy revival sees management opportunities rising

As Dubai undergoes a transformation from a minor player to a major force in the business world the need for good managers in all areas is constant. Management is something that has been handled in decidedly Middle Eastern terms in the region, but with the increase of Western style business – and the influx of western businesses into the region – the tide is turning and the prospects for managers looking for openings in Dubai are on the rise.

With excellent working practices and guarantees of excellent salaries this is a country that has always attracted the cream of the crop, yet these days the competition is even higher. To prove your worth in the Dubai job market you need a certain amount of proven success and a reputation that carries before you.

As Dubai is central to the growth of business in the UAE it is something of a hub for managers in many areas of business. Construction is a major business in the region and the banking and finance world holds great influence and shows great growth with many banks from foreign countries opening branches in the city, while the worldwide reliance on IT and telecommunications means there is much scope for growth in these areas.

With such rapid movement in employment in the region as we are seeing at the moment it is vital that good managers keep a constant eye on changes in the market, and with teaching positions to add to the popular industries mentioned above there are plenty of options.

Dubai Telecoms industry rocked by RIM claims

The ongoing confusion that surrounds the telecoms industry in the UAE and Dubai is one of the factors why this sector of industry is facing uncertain times. With last year’s now famous ‘spyware’ incident that has led to an ongoing dispute between RIM – the makers of the Blackberry range of mobile phones – and the UAE’s Telecoms Regulation Authority leading to increased tension in the region the situation is not likely to be resolved in the immediate future.

The UAE TRA is very strict about what can and can’t be used in the information technology world in the region an governs with an iron rod; any Voice Over Internet Protocols services – such as Skype, so well known and used by Westerners – are banned unless they are used in conjunction with Etisalat or Du, the local providers.

However, the glitches in the development of these telecoms routes should be viewed as another hurdle to be overcome in integrating the Dubai way of life, and laws, with the increasing influence of western attitudes, and the industry as a whole is one that is experiencing a modicum of worthy growth.

Call centres in the region are very much in demand as technology takes a hold in many industries, while attempts by the likes of Google – major industry players – to implement its technology in the region continue. It will take some time but the signs are that the IT industry in Dubai is slowly becoming one of the fastest growing areas of investment.

Construction and Hospitality Industry growth means more jobs in HR

As Dubai climbs back from the downturn in the economy that affected the world, so the number of opportunities for jobs increases. Foreign applicants in the HR and Recruitment areas of many different businesses are increasingly finding they are in demand as businesses in the Dubai and UAE regions look to hire the best people they can in order to facilitate maximum growth and efficiency.

Knowing what to look for in a potential employee is an art that is learned over many years, hence experienced HR staff are at a premium. With a particularly notable resurgence of the hospitality trade, and a number of new hotels complexes being built, there is much need for recruitment experts in the industry as new locations come on line all the time.

The same is true in the construction industry as bigger and bolder projects become reality; in particular road building is a major area where HR staff are required these days and the number of foreign workers in the trade is at an all time high.

Other industry areas where HR and recruitment staff are in great demand include the fast growing business support sector, with telephony staff needed in many areas, and also the banking industry which is experiencing a rapid influx of foreign banks entering the Dubai market.

Anyone who has experience in the recruitment trade would do well to look to Dubai as it undergoes renewed growth for the demand for staff at all levels is certain to increase.

Dubai Festival City re-awakens as hospitality trade revival continues

The recent economic downturn had a heavy impact on the Middle East, and Dubai in particular, yet there are signs that the hospitality and travel industry is beginning to enter a period of revival. One indication that there may be signs of hope in what is a potentially huge source of future income for the regions is the announcement that the Al-Futtaim group, based in Dubai, may be about to resume work on the mothballed Dubai Festival City development.

The project, including hotels in the Four Seasons and W Hotel lines, was first mooted when the former agreed to a hotel in the development some six years ago, yet only now is there a sign of the construction actually going ahead. Nevertheless, this is good news for those who are looking for jobs in the hospitality and travel industry and may lead to a further awakening of dormant projects.

With the Hyatt Regency Dubai announcing a new General Manager in recent days and looking to continue its successful tenure in the city, echoing the recent move by Raffles Dubai, there are definite signs that the hotel industry is returning to its former glory. Dubai offers excellent conditions for holidays and is becoming increasingly popular with western tourists looking to sample the luxury lifestyle, and the prospect for jobs in the region is becoming stronger.

With the UAE embracing the idea of hospitality as a money spinner there is much scope for vast future expansion, and with that comes the promise of more jobs not only in the hospitality and travel trade but in engineering and construction too.

UAE to link with Iranian electricity grid

The opportunities for engineering positions in Dubai and the UAE have always been promising, and it is forward thinking projects such as the proposal to link the electricity power grids of Iran and the UAE that lead to such opportunities.

Many projects are ongoing at all times in the region, where growth is a constant, and yet this one highlights just why such expertise is required.

Iran already has links to its electrical grid with a number of neighbouring countries and the intention to join up with the UAE is one that opens many new options. Iran’s Energy Minister, Majid Namjou, told the Mehr news agency why the program is important:

“Iran exchanges electricity with most of its neighbours and many of them are interested in increasing their electricity exchange with Iran.”

As the 19th biggest producer of electricity in the world Iran is well placed to export its output, and the UAE – currently in the processes of increasing its own power producing plants – is in need of partners in the area.

With foreign investment helping to speed up the construction of the three major new power plants in Iran, including over $700m from the UAE itself and almost half a million dollars from Germany, there is much scope for production of electricity in the region to be centred in Iran.

As such projects increase in size and scope so the prospect of jobs for overseas engineers does too, and that is just one reason why Dubai has become a popular place for engineering posts for expats.

Dubai Al-Ain road on target

Signs of the recovery of the Dubai construction industry are a regular feature of news reports these days as the region continues to weather the storm, and the recent announcement that the 53km main highway intended to connect Dubai with Al Ain is on course for completion next September (2011).

The road is a major construction undertaking, providing jobs for engineers in all works of the industry, and involves a complex series of tunnels and bridges in its efforts to bridge the gap. With a proposed speed limit of 140kmh it is designed to be a high speed transit route between the two major business regions in the area and will further encourage the economic growth that Dubai is party to of late.

The four lane highway is part of a drive to improve the infrastructure of transport networks in the Al Ain region and as the flagship project is under much scrutiny. The Al Ain Director of Roads has explained how the road will enhance the links that the Municipality needs in order to ensure that it is well placed to benefit from the future growth that is forecast for Dubai.

With many construction projects such as this underway in the region Dubai attracts a wide variety of potential employees in the construction industry and continues to promise excellent benefits and impressive salaries. The commitment to safety and 21st century standards in projects like the Al Ain road displays a step forward in the plan to enhance the prospects of Dubai as a major business centre.