Dubai academy opens gate for English soccer career


Getting into the mainstream of sports is virtually impossible for most young expats in Dubai but there are a few grassroot level coaches and academies in the UAE who have laid the path for their trainees to be potential professionals.

The Go-Pro Sports Football Academy (GPSFA) located at Dubai English Speaking College in Academic City is a fine example of how local talent here can be spotted, nurtured and trained for possible inclusion in the professional club setups abroad, especially the UK.

The academy is open to all age groups and abilities, and both boys and girls can attend. Go-Pro Sports has been in Dubai for the last four years and as a coach and a head of the football section Kirk Hilton said: “I know I have the experience to not only improve the level of football here in the United Arab Emirates, but also to offer individuals a chance to understand the game further and to ensure they are aware of what is required to become a professional footballer.”

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Dubai Jobseekers let down by Job Application Mistakes


REED Global highlights last year’s top job-application mistakes and how to avoid them in 2013.

According to a report in the Arabian Gazette, Job-seekers based in the Middle East are committing simple errors when applying for positions, hampering their chances of landing a dream job, according to the recruitment company REED Global.

With job application activity increasing significantly in the New Year, REED’s Dubai-based team compiled UAE-specific research from 2012 analysing common factors that led to job applications being rejected. Example mistakes included:

  • applicants distributing multiple versions of their CV containing significant content differences
  • having errors into the subject line of their email
  • and making blanket applications for a company’s available positions,
  • applying for jobs using informal email addresses
  • failing to update contact details
  • and replying “yes” to every question on a screening questionnaire.

Addressing job-hunters who use informal email addresses when submitting CVs or applications, Ash Athawale, Recruitment Manager at REED, said: “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. These first impressions are absolutely vital and using an unprofessional email address that starts with something like ‘partygirl’ or ‘gamerboy24x7’ won’t impress a recruiter.”

Salaries in UAE to rise 5% in 2013; Finance sees the highest rises


Average salaries in the UAE are expected to rise by five % this year with professionals in the financial services sector seeing record breaking increases in salaries in 2013.

Higher than average pay rises in Dubai

There is very good news for Dubai job seekers and professionals who are looking to improve their financial situation in 2013. What is this news? Well, according to the latest findings from the Robert Half 2013 UAE Salary Guide UAE is expecting to see a 5% rise in salaries across all sectors, which is much higher than what is being seen in the UK and US where they are expecting to see average pay rises of around 3% in 2013.Continue Reading »

More retail banking jobs available today in Dubai


Walk-in interviews are being held today and tomorrow in Dubai

According to a report in, a leading local bank in the UAE is expanding its retail sales team and will hold walk-in interviews today and tomorrow to hire sales officers to meet growth for retail operations.

The bank offers a wide bouquet of financial products to clients in the UAE. The financial institution will hold open day today (February 5) and tomorrow (February 6) between 9am and 3pm, according to an advertisement in the local media. The bank is looking for young and talented people aged between 22 and 35 years with at least one-year prior retail banking sales experience in the UAE. Valid references, excellent presentation and English conversational skills are pre-requisite.

The interviews will take place on Second Floor of Nad Al Sheba Real Estate Bldg, Sheikh Zayed Road, from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, after Mazaya Centre and SafestWay Supermarket, same building as ProTechnology and Ocean View Real Estate, Dubai.


27% Dubai firms plan to hire in Q1 2013


Business confidence in Dubai soars on rebound in key sectors.

According to a report in, the economy of Dubai looks set to sustain its growth momentum with investor confidence on the return and increasing activity across core sectors such as trade, tourism, manufacturing and even real estate as reflected in the overall business sentiment in the emirate.

The composite Business Confidence Index for Dubai reached 135.9 points in the last quarter of 2012, a 10.8 per cent increase compared to the previous quarter and a two per cent growth from the same quarter of 2011.

Optimism was evident as 94 per cent of the businesses that participated in the quarterly business survey, conducted by the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai during October-December 2012, said they expected either higher or stable sales in 2013.

Brighter business outlook has also boosted hiring prospects as 27 per cent of the businesses revealed plans to increase their workforce in the first quarter of 2013 while 71 per cent reported they would retain their current head count.

How much do UAE’s sales professionals earn?


2013 may well turn out to be a bumper year for sales executives in the country, according to a report in Sales and marketing roles within certain sectors are more likely to see an increased demand this year. “Hospitality, FMCG, Pharmaceutical, Consumer Electronics, media agencies, tourism, manufacturing will continue to increase,” suggests the report. This year, sales professionals can expect hikes and bonuses of 5-7 per cent in salaries compared to previous years and there will be more bonus payouts.

Average Salaries in AED per/month for jobs in sales and marketing

Marketing Executive 15,000

Marketing Manager 25,000

Marketing Director / Head of Marketing 50,000Continue Reading »