UAE bucks world trend to hire by the thousands

According to a report in the National, Companies in the UAE are bucking the hiring downturn elsewhere in the world and recruiting enough Emiratis to fill more than 2,000 jobs.

Vacancies for more than 700 positions have already been advertised online by a mix of private companies and Government organisations ahead of the Tawdheef recruitment exhibition and career fair, which is set to begin on Tuesday. About 25 per cent of recruiters are private or semi-private companies this year, up from just 10 per cent a year ago, and includes banks such as HSBC, and Millennium and Copthorne Hotels. Positions posted by exhibitors range in skills requirements, from a fashion designer to an armed support vehicle mechanic, as well as paramedics and doctors.

On the spot interviews

The hope is candidates will come prepared with tailored CVs and cover letters, some of whom will be invited for interviews on the spot if they are seen as suitable. Many jobs are also expected to be available through the online career site,, once it launches a virtual jobs fair in the UAE next week.



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Kazim Ladimeji is the Director of—a resource for start-ups, small business and job seekers. It includes a blog with career and small business advice articles. Kazim is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and has been a practising HR professional for 14 years.

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