6 Cool Apps For Dubai Job-seekers


Google’s annual mobile planet smart-phone study has found that the United Arab Emirates has some of the highest levels of smart-phone usage in the world, with 62% of mobile phone users in the country reporting that they own smart-phones. Compare this to the US where just 35% of people own a smart-phone or Egypt where just 39% of users own smart-phones. What Google also found was that smart-phone users in affluent Middle Eastern Countries were also the most likely to go on-line multiple times a day, and they also download more apps than users from other emerging smart-phone markets like China and Brazil.

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November 15 is a paid holiday for UAE private sector

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UAE National Day holidays: 4-day long weekend for public sector likely, 3 for private

The private sector will observe Thursday, 15 November 2012, as an official paid holiday to mark the new Hijri year 1434, according to a circular issued by Minister of Labour saqr Gobash and reported in the Dubai Chronicle.

The Federal Authority for Human Resources has announced that Thursday, November 15, will be a holiday for all ministerial and federal bodies on the occasion of the Islamic New Year.

Work will resume on Sunday, November 18, according to a circular issued Humaid Mohammad Al Quttami, Minister of Education and Chairman of FAHR.

The one-day break is given to the private sector workers in virtue of article (74) of the federal labour law (8)/1980 on work relations and its amendments.

For more information read the original article in the Dubai Chronicle.

Dubai to Host 2012 Global Entrepreneur Summit in December 2012


Dubai will host the 3rd annual 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) next month.

The two-day event, opening on Dec.11 will boost the international prestigious position of UAE in entrepreneurship and offers key stakeholders clear insight into the regional new business climate, in a constructive and peer-to-peer setting, whilst providing entrepreneurs and SMEs with access to institutional and private investors seeking to explore new business alliances.

Mohammed Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs and chairman of the organising committee affirmed that holding of this international event embodies the excellent stature that UAE has achieved.

Job Opportunities

The summit will discuss job opportunities, deepening communications and partnerships between UAE and business leaders, foundations, entrepreneurs and countries all over the world.

This will be an amazing networking opportunity for aspiring Dubai professionals and job seekers who will be able to make connections with employers and entrepreneurs. Make sure to take an up to date version of your CV and a business card.

4 Easy Steps To Request A Payrise in Dubai

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According to research by GulfTalent.com,(Employment and Salary Trends in The Gulf‘), salaries in the UAE are expected to rise by an average of 5.1% in 2012, which begs the question, “have you received a pay rise this year and was it this high? If not, it may be that salaries at your business may be falling behind market rate and you are being under-paid.

If you are in the HR, healthcare or retail sector in Dubai, then you certainly should have expected to have received a good pay rise as these sectors have seen some of the highest pay rises this year. Unfortunately, marketing and real estate roles are experiencing the lowest pay rises this year.

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Ocean Trade Lines Expanding to Dubai – Meaning New Marine Jobs?

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Ocean Trade Lines, a marine transportation company operating out of South Florida announced today that it will expand its cargo shipping and logistics services to Dubai. The company made the decision to provide service to Dubai as a direct result of an influx of requests for such transports in recent times.

Most of the Dubai requests are for boat shipping and yacht shipping services.  The luxury yachting industry is growing at a steady pace in the region resulting in a high demand for all marine industry-related services, including yacht shipping and boat transportation.

Job seekers

This is great news for Dubai job seekers as this promises to bring more jobs in marine industry related services to Dubai. It looks like Ocean Trade Lines may be a good place to start your enquires for Dubai based marine related jobs.

200,000 People Expected At Dubai Business Exhibitions In November


We are entering the busiest period of the Dubai Exhibition season as the Dubai World Trade Centre is set to host a record 17 shows during November, starting from today, in a range of sectors such as construction, food telecommunications, jewellery, education and healthcare .  Over 200,00 visitors are expected to attend.

This makes it a great opportunity for ambitious Dubai professionals to attend and network face to face, or to network via social media during or following the event.

Some of the events occurring this month are:

  • Big Five Exhibition (5th – 8th November) – largest construction show in MENA. 50,000 people expected.
  • Dubai World Game Expo (November 27 – 28) – Largest annual gathering for interactive entertainment industry.
  • World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) – 20th-29th November
  • Dubai International Jewellery Week (November 21 -24 ) 250 Exhibitors from 20 countries

This is just a small sample of what is going on in Dubai in November. As you can see there are a huge array of networking opportunities to suit all types of Dubai job seekers — so make sure you don’t miss out.