PwC rolls out Mini MBA Programme in UAE


In a first for the region, PwC, one of the leading professional services firms, recently launched its Mini MBA Programme in the UAE. Set to commence on the 20th of April 2013 through the PwC’s Academy, the Programme is the ideal solution for professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs seeking the knowledge and skills gained from traditional MBA programmes, without the extensive time and cost obligations.

PwC’s first Mini MBA Programme will run from April 20th to June 29th 2013 at the UAE Academy campus in Abu Dhabi, with plans to expand the offering across the region. The sessions will take place over a 3 month period with over 100 classroom hours. To accommodate working schedules, courses will be conveniently held on Saturdays and Sunday evenings.

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Barclays hiring in Dubai in March


British bank Barclays is hiring both UAE nationals and expatriates to fill a range of vacancies in its Dubai branch.

Barclays is currently recruiting for the positions of:  Teller, Assistant Manager (MI & Analytics), AVP – Corporate Customer Middle Office, Operations Analyst (Trade), Operations Graduate, Team Leader – Mortgage Services, Project Manager, Operations Analyst, Call Agents and Quality Analyst, Operations Analyst for Retail, Operations Trainer and Risk & Control Analyst.

All the positions – which are entry to mid-level category – are based in Dubai except for the Teller which is based in the capital Abu Dhabi.

The above-mentioned jobs will close on April 2, 2013, the British bank said.

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Hyatt Hotels Hiring Forty Staff in Dubai


Hyatt hotels are hiring for various positions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Positions have opened up across different departments in their hotels – from accounts to information systems, e-commerce, engineering, sales, food & beverage, housekeeping, human resources etc.

All the positions advertised are full time with the hotels under the Hyatt umbrella.

More than 40 positions are listed on the website – – and candidates can apply online for the job they are interested in.

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The Importance of Eye Contact During an Interview


Do you know what colour eyes your last interviewer had? Can you remember if they wore glasses or not? If the answer to these questions are anything but an emphatic ‘yes,’ it could be that you did not make appropriate eye contact during interview. But, why is a failure to make appropriate eye contact during a job interview in Dubai such a problem? It is vital that interviewees make appropriate eye contact throughout the interview as it could be the difference between interview success and interview failure.

Yes indeed, take the findings of a study from Winona State University, called the Importance of Eye Contact During an Interview which found that one when two candidates with equal levels of experience and qualifications are interviewed, the one who makes the most appropriate eye contact throughout the interview will be seen as more ‘competitive’ and more ‘employable’. As you can see, making appropriate eye contact during your interview in Dubai, or anywhere for that matter of fact, is crucial in showing you are the best candidate for the job.Continue Reading »

UAE electricity authority on a drive to hire 400 Emiratis


The Federal Electricity Authority (Fea) is conducting interviews to hire 400 Emiratis this year with a view to secure 2,000 jobs for Emiratis over the next five years. This came as part of the Abshir initiative, launched under the directives of the President, Sheikh Khalifa, which seeks to bolster Emiratisation. Fea interviewed 105 Emirati male and female job-seekers on Monday.

Adnan Nasib Salem, executive director of the shared services department at Fea, said 90 per cent of Emiratis interviewed would be recruited. Fea has arrangements with a number of colleges and students whereby the authority supports students with monthly grants, Mr Salem said.

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Employers to be fined for failing to contribute to pension fund


GPSSA urges employers to register employees within a month of hiring them

A GPSSA circular published in a newspaper on Wednesday says: “GPSSA is issuing this notice to bring to the attention of all employees in the private sector that, under Federal Law No. 7 of 1999 (Pension Law), employers are required to register their UAE national employees within one month from their date of joining date, after which contributions must be deducted and paid to GPSSA.

Failure to register the employees and pay the contributions on the due dates renders the employers liable to fines as stipulated by the Pension Law,” the circular said.

UAE nationals are entitled to a pension after 20 years of work. In order to provide the pension, the GPSSA requires the employer and the employee to contribute monthly payments of 12.5 per cent and five per cent respectively of the employee’s salary.

While the majority of big companies have registered their employees, a small percentage of them and some medium and small fail have failed to do so.

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