Al Habtoor group to employ 1,000 Emiratis in five years

Al Habtoor

Dubai: Al Habtoor group has announced that it will employ 1,000 Emiratis in a period of five years as part of its participation in the Absher initiative.

“Al Habtoor group joined Absher because it is fully convinced that Emiratis must be given a chance to work in the private sector,” said Mohammad Al Mazroui, managing director of Al Habtoor Group.

“This will help secure a dignified life for Emiratis and provide them with promising vocational prospects. It will also support the operations of national companies by consolidating their reputation and competitiveness,” he added.

Massive Demand for psychologists in UAE


According to a report in the National, DUBAI // Zayed University will be welcoming its first batch of psychology students this term as it aims to meet the ever-growing demand for experts in the field.

And according to Dr Justin Thomas, one of the teachers on the course, a psychology degree does not necessarily mean a career as a clinical psychologist.“There is a great need for counsellors in schools and big business does better if they tap into the knowledge and skills of psychologists,” he said. “The skills and opportunities are much wider for the graduates than you’d imagine.”

Just a handful of institutions in the UAE offer psychology, despite rising demand from students and society.“With all the social change the UAE is seeing, there are issues that are common all over the world, such as rising divorce rates, meaning the need for people like marriage counsellors,” Dr Thomas, a columnist for The National, said.

Lack of psychologists in UAE so great job opportunities
A lack of Emirati psychologists in the country means psychologists are  guaranteed great job opportunities.


20 Creative Job Search Tactics That Impressed The Interviewer


It is such a competitive job market in Dubai  that sometimes you have to do something different to get noticed, yes, you need to do something that is a little out of the ordinary to stand out from the crowd. It is a fine line between doing something different that impresses your new boss and in doing something strange that scares the employer away.

Well, if you want an idea of different and creative job search tactics which may impress your boss, then take note of the findings of a recent survey from Office Team which asked HR Managers to recount the  most impressive action they have seen or heard  candidates take to try to land a position. The survey was developed by OfficeTeam and is based on telephone interviews with more than 650 HR managers at companies with 20 or more employees.Continue Reading »

UAE announces Milad Al Nabi holiday


UAE authorities have confirmed a public and private sector holiday on Thursday, January 24 to celebrate Milad Al Nabi, the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). This was reported on

Ministries and federal departments will remain closed on 12th of Rabi Al Awwal, 1434 Hijri. The circular was issued by Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami, Minister of Education and Chairman of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.

All private and public sector employees will be given paid holiday for the day. Work will resume on Sunday, January 27, authorities said in comments published on state news agency WAM.

Oracle to double workers in Mena region


The US hardware and software provider Oracle is looking to double its workforce in the Middle East and Africa within the next five years, according to the company’s president.

Dubai Launchpad

Oracle chose Dubai as a launch pad for its global cloud computing initiative yesterday to highlight the significance of the region for both the company and the development of technology.

“We are in the region to ensure our commitment. This is a high-growth region, and there is a lot of IT opportunity in this region,” said Mark Hurd, the global president of Oracle, in a speech.

The company is looking to open new offices and development centres to boost its Oracle Development Initiative, which aims to educate 500,000 students throughout the Middle East and Africa about technology and to get Oracle products in their hands.

Network with Oracle for jobs

With so many opportunities on the horizon this is a great time for Dubai professionals to start networking with Oracle HR to enquire about upcoming jobs.

6 Interview Errors You Must Avoid in 2013


A recent press release from Career-Builder tells us that 1 in 4 workers are looking to change job in 2013 and 2014. I expect this trend to be replicated in most countries and territories in the world to a greater or lesser extent and Dubai is no exception.

As well as this, the New Year is a very popular time of year for Dubai workers to start looking for a new job or career. Dubai job candidates should therefore be taking the opportunity to upgrade their job search strategy based on the latest research into effective and ineffective jobs search tactics.

One such piece of research by Career Builder of over 2,600 hiring managers and 3,900 workers, during November 2012 provides some great insight into fatal interview mistakes that candidates were making in 2013 and which future candidates must avoid if they are to maximize their chance of landing their dream job in 2013.Continue Reading »