Are Arab Women Treated Equally at Work?

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Bayt.com have just published the findings of their latest survey; ‘Women in the Middle East Workplace 2012’. This report focuses on what the working women of the region want, desire, and face every day. The results of this survey show that the women of the Middle East and North Africa are breaking free of traditional moulds to carve out careers that are both gratifying and rewarding. Women are playing an increasingly integral role in the region’s workforce, motivated by the desire for personal growth and independence. Key findings were:

  • Six out of ten Arab women in the GCC choose to work to broaden their life perspectives
  • More than half of women in Saudi Arabia are trying to break away from conventional roles in their desire for financial freedom
  • 22% of women claim that they work more hours than their male colleagues
  • 41% who feel that they receive less compensation than their colleagues

This report provides some interesting insight for Women in Dubai who are interested in developing their careers in Dubai and the Middle East. You can read the full report here on Bayt.com

Nestle to build Dh500m manufacturing facility in Dubai World Central

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Nestle has secured a 175,000 square meter plot for a manufacturing facility in Dubai World Central which will make nutrition, culinary and coffee products

Chairman of Nestle Middle East Yves Manghardt said: “Nestle is committed to strengthening our presence in the Middle East markets. We will continue to invest in projects that enable us to better serve consumers in the region, while leveraging the strategic advantages of DWC and the UAE in general as a distribution and manufacturing base.”

The new facility is expected to generate 800 jobs. For more information about when you can begin to apply for these jobs, please keep an eye on Nestle Middle East Careers Page

University of Dubai to grant 400 scholarships worth Dhs11.2m

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The University of Dubai (UD), a not-for-profit institution established by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, announced yesterday that it will be granting scholarships worth Dhs11.2m to the first 400 new eligible applicants during an Open Day event on Saturday, June 30, 2012. The event will be held at the Clover Creek Hotel on Maktoum Road, near the Clocktower.

Of the 400 scholarships, 300 will go to the College of Business and 100 to the College of Information Technology. To be eligible, applicants must meet certain criteria such as a high school score of 65% and above, official English scores (TOEFL 500 and above or equivalent) and official Math scores of 400 and above.

This is great news for Dubai based professionals looking to focus on developing their business and IT skills. 

Telecommuting Brings Real Benefits to Dubai Business

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A recent Bayt.com Telecommuting poll indicated that 47% of companies in Dubai were now allow telecommuting, with an additional 15% allowing it dependent on individual employee circumstances. Jobseekers and employers agreed that the secret to successful telecommuting was a combination of “Clear Guidelines agreed upon between employer & employee”, “Trustworthy employees who are capable of working well independently”, “Supportive Management who will oversee and guide the telecommuting system”, and “Proper training program for employer & employee (in new procedures, etc…)”.

The main telecommuting benefit to employers was deemed by them to be a combination of better productivity, more skills retention and cost savings. And the main benefit to professionals was agreed to be a combination of all of better work-life balance, productivity and loyalty.

Dubai is now following the trends in Europe and America with regard to telecommuting which is important if Dubai is to compete effectively on the global talent stage.

First Class Career in the Dubai Airline Sector

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A recent report in the UK’s Daily Telegraph Newspaper predicts that Dubai will overtake Heathrow as the world’s largest international airport by 2016. In fact, by 2020, Dubai is expecting to be handling 90,000,000 passengers a year through its terminals, which it is currently planning to expand. Dubai also has plans for a new airport which will be completed in around 2025.

This growth in capacity and infrastructure at Dubai airport is already beginning to feed through the chain into additional airline jobs. For example, a recent report in Emirates 24/7 conveys the exciting news that Dubai-based airline group Emirates will be hiring around 5000 personnel to fill positions across their business in all continents, starting from April 2012. Their hiring will include an additional 450 pilots and 4,000 cabin crew, plus many more operational staff.

The airline industry in Dubai is expected to show both explosive and sustained growth over the next decade and Dubai airport is expected to become the world leader in commercial passenger transportation. This makes the airline industry a prime sector for forward thinking progressive employees to start and build a career as airline cabin crew.

I have therefore provided some tips and advice on how to start and develop your career in the airline industry as a flight attendant.

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Mobile Applications Development; the smart career choice for Dubai Youth.

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2011 was the United Nations international year of youth and in support of this I thought it would be good time to devote a career article to Dubai youth.

While youth unemployment levels in Europe and the Arab region remain generally high, the UAE is enjoying unemployment rates as low as 6.3% and this may even be lower within Dubai. This means that Dubai is potentially one of the most promising places in the world to be a graduate student at the moment. And with growth predicted across most if not all industry sectors in Dubai, Dubai based graduates are seemingly spoiled for choice in terms of profession or industry sector.

However, one exciting new growth area that students should be considering is mobile application development. It was highlighted in the Gulf News last month that mobile computing and application development is a very viable career option for students in Dubai and the UAE, due to the increasing penetration of smart-phones within Dubai, UAE and globally. Latest figures from the International Telecom Union estimated that there were 6 billion mobile subscriptions world-wide with 349 million of those existing in the Arab world and 11.9 million existing in the UAE.

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