Competition Between Top Telecommunication Companies Bode Well for Professionals

Scanning the local news in the UAE brings up story after story about smart phones, IT security risks, and the bans on Blackberry services. It is quite obvious to even those that do not follow Dubai’s telecom news the importance of wireless and mobile broad band has in Dubai and throughout the UAE.

The largest difficulty of small and medium sized telecommunications providers is the seemingly impossibility to compete against giants such as Microsoft and Google for a piece of the mobile pie. It will take serious creative leverage to keep up in this growing market, but the desire to do just that is surviving despite the odds.

Professionals in telecommunications will have a wide variety of opportunities available to them in Dubai throughout the next year as companies leverage to gain ranking within the mobile telecommunications sector. Some of these companies are approaching the market with creative ideas such as mobile payment solutions, security solutions and handset distribution values to keep them profitable.

Telecommunications is one of the few job sectors that has seen an upward momentum in regard to job growth, while most other sectors have reported stagnant hiring numbers. While jobs in Dubai with the major players in the mobile telecommunications market are a guaranteed path to success, profitable opportunities also exist with the small and medium providers that have the ability and cash flow to think outside of the proverbial box. Regardless of which approach you take to finding a telecom job in Dubai, the demand is present and the jobs are vacant, making now the best time to apply.

Private Schools in Dubai

With the increase of internet access and mobile broadband throughout the area, the need for English teachers is on the rise. While this may seem a bit of an odd cause and effect scenario, it actually makes perfect sense. Very little of the content on the web is available in Arabic, as recent studies have shown. English has become the standard language for the internet, and making English available to students has become a global concern.

Dubai has a need for teachers from the United States and the United Kingdom especially, as private schools that educate expatriate’s children place a high priority on hiring teachers from the student’s native countries. While there had been a significant slow down of U.S. and European employees seeking work in Dubai in light of recent economic troubles, the job outlook is bright for 2010 and 2011, suggesting that there will be a large increase in students from English speaking countries in private schools in Dubai.

The benefit to teachers considering career opportunities in Dubai is that these private schools often pay significantly higher than educational positions in other countries. While teachers in the United States are increasingly frustrated with budget cuts and furlough days is America’s public school systems, these same teachers will find teaching in Dubai a breath of fresh air. Dubai’s schools place a very high importance of quality of education, and expenses are not spared to provide the best education possible for the children that attend these schools. Unlike in the United States, this translates directly to better teacher salaries to promote a higher quality of education in Dubai.

Real Estate Profitable for Salespeople Despite Economic Woes

Real estate firms provide an excellent opportunity for putting sales and marketing educations and experience to good use. While most people probably think toward commercial marketing of products to consumers or business to business sales when they consider a career in sales and marketing in Dubai, these same people would be missing a tremendous opportunity for personal and financial growth in Dubai.

It is estimated that over 10,000 expatriates flock to Dubai every month, even when considering the recent slow downs in the job market. As long as the population continues to increase at this pace, the need for real estate sales and marketing will be consistent. This creates a unique and enriching opportunity for those looking for work in Dubai.

Because many westerners that are arriving in Dubai for employment opportunities are uncomfortable with the culture change at first, they often look to people from their own nations to do business with in the beginning. This is the main reason that so many expatriates are not only achieving, but exceeding, their financial goals by working in real estate in Dubai.

Successful real estate sales requires negotiation skills, professional experience that will be favorable to dealing with banks and financial institutions, and excellent marketing skills to reach out to a potential client base. These essential skills are standard amongst professionals with sales and marketing backgrounds. The real estate sector has been seeing consistent growth throughout the economical crisis, which leads to believe that it provides a more stable opportunity than the more traditionally thought of sectors that hire sales and marketing professionals.

Hospitality Recruiters in Demand in Dubai

Recruiting firms around Dubai have their eyes across the water and focused on Palm Jumeirah. Hospitality is one of the most lucrative niche markets for recruiting firms around the globe, and Dubai is no exception. To the disappointment of recruiters, the past few years have not brought about many opportunities for profiting off of the hospitality and tourism sectors, due to the impact of the downed economy.

Palm Jumeirah is a perfect example, where dozens of planned projects came to a braking halt as lenders refused to extend funding for projects that were considered high risk in a weak economy. Hotels throughout Dubai reported record low occupancy rates throughout the last several quarters, and the hospitality sector experienced job losses as a result.

Recent news is good news for the hospitality industry, as well as recruiters that have an expertise in recruiting experienced restaurant, hotel, and resort staff. The construction sites on Palm Jumeirah are becoming active again, including One&Only The Palm and Zebeel Saray which are both slated to open in October of this year. Several other hotels and one all-inclusive resort will be opening their doors to the pubic in 2011.

Needless to say is the fact that these luxury hotels and resorts will be looking for the hospitality professionals and executive management staff to ensure the success of the ventures. They will be looking to the areas recruiting firms for these key personnel, and the recruiting firms will be looking for top caliber recruiters to meet the demand. For those that have been considering a career in Dubai,  now is the time to start sending out resumes to recruiting firms in the area.

How to Become a Personal Assistant in Dubai

Personal Assistants are in high demand throughout Dubai. For many people that are looking for career opportunities in this area, the idea of becoming a personal assistant may seem like a great choice. It is important to understand that the reason why these positions tend to pay 10,000 to 25,000 AED a month is because the job duties are much different than the title implies.

In the United States, a personal assistant is little more than a secretary or housekeeper. In Dubai, a personal assistant is a highly skilled and educated business partner. If you are considering this line of work in Dubai there are a few key elements of your resume that should be looked at carefully before you apply for advertised positions.

Educational requirements for most of the higher paying Personal Assistants in Dubai require a business degree. Human resources, business management, and business administration are all good choices if you are considering a career in this sector. In lieu of a bachelor’s or master’s level degree; three to five years experience in one of these positions may be an acceptable substitution. Preference typically goes to Personal Assistants that can speak both English and Arabic fluently. While still in the United States it would be wise to seek at the minimum a basic understanding of the Arabic language before applying for positions in Dubai.

While few people in the United States would think of attending college and learning a second language just to be a Personal Assistant, this title is much more respected in Dubai than in the U.S., and the pay is easily comparable to most management positions in the United States.

Turner Broadcasting System to Open Dubai Offices

Turner Broadcasting System is part of the Time Warner family of business, and was original started by Ted Turner. Time Warner employs over 38,000 people around the world, with over 8,000 of those employees being in the United States, where it originates. Time Warner is the owner of HBO, Cinemax, CNN, TNT, Court TV and Cartoon Network in the United States. This leader in news and entertainment announced last week that it will be opening an office in Dubai.

It was decided that an Arabic free-to-air version of its globally popular Cartoon Network would begin soon, so it is no surprise that Turner would open the supporting business operations in Dubai. The company’s executives have also announced their plans to open an animation academy.

Turner Broadcasting System has plans to reach out to local animators in an effort to develop a wider range of Arabic content for the network. This, coupled with Time Warner’s past history of being a large scale employer in the markets in which is operates will be a great change of pace for the media sector that has reported slow growth over previous years.

Turner Broadcasting is an employer with a long history of awards for its cultural diversity and excellent employee relations. In the United States, Turner Broadcasting Systems provides exceptional salaries, advancement opportunities and benefit packages to their workforce, and it can only be assumed the same will be found in Dubai. It can also be expected that other broadcasting companies will follow Turner and look to establish a media presence in Dubai, creating a wide array of employment opportunities for those with a media or advertising background.