$80m Data Centre To Open in Dubai Promising Boom in IT Jobs

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California’s Equinix Inc and du, a telecom operator in the UAE, launched an alliance on Tuesday to open an $80m data centre in Dubai to offer faster internet speeds in the Gulf region.

In a joint statement, the companies said the hub would be the first of its kind in the Middle East and would be operational from January 2013. It will be “carrier neutral,” meaning telecom operators other than du will be able to use it.

Equinix, which has about 90 data facilities globally and 4,000 customers including IBM and HSBC, has bought a newly-built mid-sized data centre in Dubai and will invest $40m in the project. Du will invest a similar amount over the next five years, providing connectivity and managed services to tenants, which are likely to include financial institutions, telecom carriers from other regions and internet content providers.

What does this mean for job seekers? Well, if you are an IT data management or warehousing professional then this is a great time to get in touch with Dubai du or Equinix as there are likely to be job vacancies from January 2013 when it opens.

Thousands of new jobs expected as stalled Dubai developments resume

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According to a report by the National, a package of new and relaunched developments in Dubai is expected to contribute tens of thousands of jobs to a hiring boom across the country.

Developments approved since last month are estimated to be worth a total of Dh4 billion (US$1.08bn), following several new announcements on Saturday by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the UAE’s Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.

This is a sign of increasing confidence in the market,” said Craig Plumb, the regional head of research at Jones Lang LaSalle. “For the construction industry it’s a huge boost. All of these projects will generate jobs for tens of thousands of labourers and hundreds of engineers.

 

Dubai predicts strong economic growth through 2015

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Dubai has revived its growth forecasts in a sign of growing confidence in its economy, according to an FT Article.

At a World Economic Forum meeting in Dubai, which closed on Wednesday, Dubai officials communicated their national economic growth targets.

The government says nominal GDP will reach Dh490bn ($133bn) by 2015, up from Dh367bn in 2011, with Dubai averaging real growth of 4.5 to 5 per cent a year through 2015.

Dubai’s economy is well diversified and resilient to external as well as domestic shocks,” Sami al-Qamzi, director-general of Dubai’s department of economic development. “We think that growth will be more sustainable, albeit at a more moderate pace than in previous years.”

This article underlines the stability of the Dubai economy and the fact that Dubai remains a great destination to build a long term career or start a business.

How to Break Into The Booming Dubai Solar Sector

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Why are we highlighting the Solar Sector as a hot place to develop a career in Dubai?

Well, there are several reasons. Firstly, on a global scale renewable energy is becoming an increasingly important means of generating energy for countries. For example, the International Energy Agency believes that renewable power generation will experience rapid growth over the next five years, despite economic uncertainties in many countries – and they are projecting a 40% increase in global power generation from solar, wind and other renewable resources.

Another reason why we think the solar sector is booming in Dubai is because in January this year the Dubai government officials launched a Dh 12 billion solar project over a 48 kilo-metre area near Dubai which will eventually have the capacity to generate 1000 megawatts. Dubai is looking to target renewable energy to supply one per cent of Dubai’s energy by 2020 and 5 per cent by 2030.

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Huge Career Potential in the Dubai/UAE Solar Sector

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The findings of a survey into the Dubai solar sector by the Emirates Solar Industry Association (Esia) and PwC were presented by Hannes Reinisch a senior manager at PwC at the Solar Industry Summit in Dubai yesterday.

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While most respondents to the survey expected moderate growth in the UAE’s solar industry in the next five years, more than 60 per cent expected that in a decade the industry would become a major player in the region.  Dubai has recently started building a 13MW plant and Waleed Salman, chairman of the Dubai Carbon Centre, said Dubai planned to create “not less than 800MW” by 2030

Huge career potential

It seems that the Dubai solar sector is going to see sustained growth over the next 10 years, so expect to see continued growth in demand for solar and renewable energy professionals for years to come. So, this a good area/sector to be focussing your career in within Dubai and the UAE.

PayPal To Open Dubai Office In 2013

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PayPal plans to open an office in Dubai in 2013 as it looks to double its share of the region’s $9 billion online-payments market.

It is the fourth US internet giant this year to boost its activities in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena), following moves by Facebook and LinkedIn to open offices at Dubai Internet City, and Twitter’s appointment of a local sales representative.

We are currently looking for offices and will open one in the next few months. It will be the hub for the region,” said Elias Ghanem, general manger of PayPal Mena, at today’s launch of its Middle East operations.

If you have skills in e-commerce this may be a good time for you to contact or cold-call PayPal MENA to see if there are any job opportunities in Dubai.