The best day of the week to ask for a pay rise in the UAE


In a recent article in, their researchers spoke to local head-hunters in the UAE and asked them what they believed to be the best day of the week to ask for a pay rise.  I know, what most of you will be thinking, “Is there ever a good day to ask for a pay rise?“, however, the team at asked their panel of head hunters what the best day might be based on their experience of employers in the UAE.

So, what is the best day of the week to ask for a pay rise in Dubai?

Well, it depends; James Sayer, Director, Robert Half, Middle East suggested that Wednesday or Thursday is the best day to ask for a pay rise as executives tend to want to enter the weekend without conflict as they know these feelings can lead to unnecessary stress over the weekend.Continue Reading »

Starwood Hotels to Open 50 New Hotels in MEA Creating Thousands of Jobs


Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced today that it will increase its MEA portfolio by more than 60% with nearly 50 new hotels set to open over the next five years, adding more than 14,000 guest rooms to the region while creating thousands of local employment opportunities.

By 2017, Starwood will operate more than 130 hotels in MEA, marking some key milestones, including 12 new hotels in the UAE, including six in Dubai, bringing Starwood’s portfolio to more than 30 hotels across the country.

With more than 70% of the world’s economic growth coming from fast-growing markets over the next few years, Starwood is focused on expansion in developing MEA markets such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Egypt, Senegal, South Africa and Nigeria.

Without doubt, Starwood Hotels is a great place for Dubai professionals to start or continue their career.

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Call to attract Emiratis to hospitality sector


Gerald Lawless, the president and CEO of Jumeirah Group, said he is looking to attract more UAE nationals into careers in tourism.

There is a need to attract Emiratis to the hospitality profession and this should be done through vocational training and by spreading awareness about the opportunities in these sectors,” he said.

The number of opportunities available to citizens is growing faster than in other related professions, such as human resources, and offers good benefits, he said.

His comments came during the CEO Dialogue on ‘Dubai’s Tourism Industry: Achievements, Strengths and Future Growth Prospects’, organised by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) yesterday.

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Women advancing in their careers in UAE


According to the Global Gender Gap Index 2012 from the World Economic Forum, the UAE continues to lead the Arab world in terms of career prospects for women. “The UAE’s rapid economic growth has created many opportunities for women to pursue roles that call for accounting and finance management skills“, noted Geethu Ahuja, head of GCC, Middle East, at Cima.

Studies show that having a higher representation of women in senior roles is linked to stronger financial performance. Women tend to use what’s called the transformational style of leadership with the emphasis on hard work, respect, consultation. This is different from the traditional transactional style favoured by men which relies on power position and formal authority.

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University of Dubai holds Annual Job Fair


The University of Dubai (UD) is expecting to see hundreds of its students and alumni come to the Clover Hotel in Deira on March 12 to visit 25 of some of Dubai’s top companies.

The following companies and governmental agencies will be attending the fair, including: Bab Al Shabab,, Carrefour, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Dubai Air Navigation Services, Dubai Courts, Economic Zones World, Emirates NBD,, Fly Dubai, Freight Systems Co. Ltd. (LLC),, Jumeirah Group, Mashreq, Mawaarid Finance, M.H. Alshaya,, Next Level Management Consultancy, Pact Employment Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), Robert Bosch Middle East, Serco Middle East and Virgin Megastore.

The companies will be looking to hire the best in the fields of business and information technology. To find out more please read the full press release here.

The Top Five Qualities UAE employers want in job-seekers


Inter-cultural skills are the top quality UAE employers want in job-seekers, according to a joint survey by psos Public Affairs, Booz Allen Hamilton and the British Council of HR strategists at 367 large employers across nine countries: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, South Africa, the UAE, the UK, and the US.

The researchers have concluded that as a result of globalization, significant shifts in employers expectation are emerging which are changing the way that employers are looking at job candidates, in Dubai, the UAE and across the world.Continue Reading »