New Solar Plant Promises Construction and Energy Jobs in Dubai

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First Solar, Inc.  today announced it has been selected by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) to construct a 13 megawatt (MWDC) solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Seih Al Dahal, approximately 50 kilometers south of Dubai.

Under the terms of the agreement, First Solar will provide engineering, procurement and construction services, as well as its advanced thin-film PV modules.

First Solar recently opened an office in Dubai and is in an advanced stage of establishing an office in Saudi Arabia as well. This is likely to create more job opportunities for engineering, construction, and procurement professionals within First Solar in the Dubai Area so this could be a good time to contact First Solar to express an interest in working for them and provide them with a current version of your CV.

AXA Opens Office In Business Bay Creating Jobs In Financial Services


In a step that reinforces its aggressive expansion strategy across the Middle East, AXA Insurance Gulf – one of the largest and the leading non-life international insurers in the region - today announced the opening of its new offices for the UAE and regional operations at the futuristic Business Bay development in Dubai.

The iconic office, located at Level 39 & 40, Churchill Executive Tower in Business Bay, is AXA Gulf’s 5th branch in the UAE. The office will have an employee-strength of 150 where the entire range of AXA’s commercial lines will be served there except for the personal lines that will be still handled at the Wafi branch.

The company also announced its plans to have 22 branches by the end of 2012, to further build on its market leadership across the Middle East.

If you are looking for jobs or a career in the Financial Services sector in Dubai then AXA seems to be the place to start making enquiries. But, why not firstly polish up your CV before making an application.

Dubai The Regional Hotspot for Hospitality Jobs


Peter Goddard is the MD of TRI Hospitality Consulting and watches hotel occupancy around the region like a hawk. Here he explains why it is likely to be a great end to the year for the Dubai hotel sector.

Average occupancy levels for the first seven months of the year reveal Dubai continues to be the region’s preferred destination achieving 82.3 per cent, while Abu Dhabi’s occupancy level was substantially lower at 67.8 per cent. Running up to the New Year, Dubai can expect to see an increase in demand as the market enters the high season period — which will see leading shopping malls in the city open for 24 hours [a day] during the weekends surrounding the holiday period.

Dubai can expect to see a boom in hospitality jobs to cope with this forecast surge in tourism towards the end of the year – which makes it a great time for you to start networking, cold calling and searching for hospitality jobs in Dubai.

Break Into Dubai’s Secret Job Market Using Cold Calling


We wrote just recently about the fascinating statistic that only 5% of jobs are filled through the open market, that is, via jobs boards effectively. This means that a massive 95% of jobs are found through the secret job market, through three crucial channels and these were:

  • Cold-calling; 24% of candidates get jobs this way
  • Agencies; 23% of candidates get job this way
  • Networking/word of mouth; 48% of candidates get jobs this way.

In our last article on unlocking the hidden job market in Dubai we talked about how you can find out the latest  job gossip by networking with professionals on the internet or at business events like Gitex Technology week.

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Entrust Expands Middle East Presence, Launches Office in Dubai Internet City

Portraits of Entrust's CEO, Bill, shot in his business lobby.

Building on their current success in the region, Entrust Inc (global digital security solutions specialist) announced plans to expand its Middle East presence with the opening of a new office in Dubai Internet City, United Arab Emirates. Established in 2000, Dubai Internet City has rapidly become the Middle East and North Africa’s largest information and communication technology business park.

“With the tremendous growth the U.A.E. has experienced, establishing a local presence is a major priority to support Entrust’s current and future customers,” said Entrust President and CEO Bill Conner.

Entrust solutions and services have been widely adopted in the Middle East, including five of the top six financial institutions in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The new office will be located in Dubai Internet City and should be open by the end of 2012. So, if you are looking for new job opportunities in IT and Digital security in Dubai, it could be worth making job enquiries with Entrust Inc.

Dubai Visa Services now on Smartphones


The General Directorate for Residency and Foreigner Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai has launched a new smartphone application that allows residents to make queries on visa issues.

The free app will allow users to apply for visa renewals, access M-Visa services, and elicit answers for their queries on general visa issues. The GDRFA introduced its new e-service during the 32nd edition of Gitex Technology Week which kicked off yesterday. The new service is meant to speed up transactions for the issuance of different kinds of visas and ease procedures. The new e-services of the GDRFA will offer the public an easy access to visa services and also make it easier for them to apply for different kinds of visas.

A smart TV application allowing the public to enquire about all visa and residency-related issues around the clock is also set to be launched soon. This should help to make life easier for expatriates when dealing with visa issues.