15% increase in job seeking visitors at Careers UAE signals encouraging step towards nationalisation goals
Apr 15, 2018

Dubai, UAE: The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) today announced a 15% year-on-year increase in visitors for the 18th edition of Careers UAE, signalling a positive shift from both private and public organisations as a number of post-event interviews are secured by an expanding pool of talented UAE Nationals.

With high percentage of jobs on offer in a variety of industries, big players have used the three-day career exhibition to springboard their hiring process, locking in interviews for Emiratis in the weeks following the event.

Companies such as Emaar, DNV GL, Al Nabooda Automobiles and Maersk Line were among the participating organisations to follow up with Emiratis after Careers UAE, with the latter conducting 10 interviews with potential candidates.

Additionally, Maersk Line has since hosted an 'Open Day', inviting interviewees to introduce them to the company as part of the interview process.

Eloise le Conge Kleyn, Head of HR at Maersk Line said: “It was our first year participating in Careers UAE at the InternsME stand and creative lab and was an amazing experience. We interviewed so many candidates and we were able to share what our company is all about.

“For a lot of UAE nationals, it is a new thing to look at multinationals and private companies as an employer so we are happy to be a part of this journey and to explain what the multinational can do for Emiratis’ career development.”

Mariam Al Maeeni, Director of Industry Nationalisation at Dubai College of Tourism said Careers UAE is an important event to meet students, graduates and talented youth who are seeking jobs in the industry and to give them some valuable guidance.

“We provided them with valuable guidance through our awareness sessions and meetings giving an overview of how they could benefit and build a professional career by taking up a position in the tourism industry. Needless to say, Dubai College of Tourism & Medyaf’s initiative serves DTCM’s objective to increase the number of Emiratis working in tourist facing roles by 2020,” said Al Maeeni.

“674 UAE Nationals registered in our Medyaf Database over the 3 days of the career fair, of which 436 were female and 238 male,” added Al Maeeni. “Of those, over 300 from those registered on the stand completed immediate interviews with several Industry leaders from Hospitality and Retail who were hosted at our stand.

“We are now in the process of following up with our partners to get their assessment of the various applicants.”

On top of the range of participating exhibitors such as Dubai Police, UAE Armed Forces, Commercial Bank of Dubai and Etisalat, the show floor hosted a wealth of features including the Creativity Lab which was designed to take candidates through a step-by-step journey to hone their skills throughout the hiring process. Onsite experts educated young Emiratis on how to enhance their CVs, interviewing skills and to give guidance on the roles best suited to their abilities.

Oliv (formerly known as InternsME) took charge of the Creativity Lab throughout the exhibition to deliver advice and crucial training to attending job hopefuls; some 978 UAE Nationals were interviewed 2,291 times over the three day event.

Jean-Michel Gauthier, CEO at Oliv said: “It was our third Talent Hunt at Careers UAE, and third time was truly the charm!

“This year, our focus was to not only engage and educate young Emirati talent, but simply make the job searching process more fun. We've never been about mass, faceless applications so this year we had an entire area devoted to learning about employers and their vacancies so UAE nationals could make informed choices about their careers.

“We had interactive art instalments, activities, and a quiz game to win prizes, "Qareer Quiz", alongside the speed interviews to encourage creativity, conversation and quick steps up the career ladder. We met hundreds of bright and driven Emirati candidates every hour – we haven't had a busier time at Talent Hunt!”

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the event educates visitors on how their skills and qualifications are best suited for different professions in the public and private sectors through three days of conferences, interviews and an insight into new employment opportunities.

Careers UAE returned with support from Strategic Government Partner: Dubai Government Human Resources Department; Bank Sponsor: Commercial Bank of Dubai; Partners: the Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation, Zayed University and the Higher Colleges of Technology; and Academic Partner: United Arab Emirates University.