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  • H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan Opens 10th Edition of Tawdheef

    UAE Minister of Youth, Culture & Community Development inaugurates latest edition of the show facilitating private and public sector job opportunities for young Emiratis 

    Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. 01 February 2016: The tenth edition of Tawdheef, the country's leading career exhibition for Emiratis, which opened today (1 February) at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, was officially inaugurated by H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Youth, Culture & Development.

    Many of the UAE's leading organisations, both public and private, collectively have over 5000 jobs on offer during the three day career fair, covering industries such as Government, Defense/Safety & Security, Oil & Gas, Banking, Tourism, Hospitality and Telecoms.

    "We had approximately 12,000 Emirati jobseekers attend Tawdheef last year, and the feedback that we received from employers at the show is that they wanted to take this unique opportunity to spend more quality time assessing Emirati job applicants so that they can make the best recruitment decisions in line with their Emiratisation policies," said Hayete Jemai, Exhibition Director, Tawdheef.

    "To help bolster this process, a new feature at Tawdheef this year will be the quick on-site videos of visitors made by Internsme, an online portal that connects jobseekers with entry-level positions. The aim is to allow exhibitors access to a bank of these short videos, which at their own leisure can be viewed and then used to engage with the people who they feel would be a right fit for their organisation." added Jemai.

    As part of the onsite initiative to help as many Emirati's as possible find a job suitable to them, Jobs@Tawdheef is an incentive to the exhibiting companies to try and offer as many positions within their organisations as possible. Part of the initiative includes an award which will be given during the process of the event to the top three companies who conducted the most interviews during the event.  

    Tawdheef, for the first time ever, will also be running an in-depth seminar programme, hosted by Dubai Media presenter and Emirati actor Ibrahim Ustadi, which has been designed to educate Emirati students and job seekers on how to plan career choices in order to meet long-term personal objectives. Day one of the seminar will see leadership sessions, career development workshops and tips on staying positive and achieving well-being at work by some of the UAE's leading organisations such as LinkedIn, Barclays, Tawazun and Ashridge Business School.

    The three-day event is held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and supported by Titanium Sponsor GHQ Armed Forces, Platinum Sponsors National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Gold Sponsors Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Department of Municipal Affairs, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, and Silver Sponsors Abu Dhabi Ports and Abu Dhabi Terminals all of which will have current job openings and long-term career opportunities to offer Emiratis.

  • 90% of UAE Professionals Interested in Learning About New Career Opportunities Says LinkedIn

    Expert to deliver seminar session on 'How to build your professional brand and land a job with LinkedIn'

    Abu Dhabi, 27 January, 2016: Speaking ahead of Tawdheef, one of the country's leading recruitment fairs dedicated to UAE Nationals, which takes place next month, Pascale Comaty, Marketing Manager MENA at LinkedIn, said that according to a recent Talent Trends study, nearly 9 in 10 professionals in the country are interested in learning about a new career opportunity, even if they don't count themselves as active job-seekers.

    Also, nearly two thirds of all candidates surveyed in the study are using professional social networks as a key part of the search for their next role. According to Comaty, social recruiting is emerging as the key trend in the MENA region, and even more so in the GCC, but this does not only mean that more profiles are being created or that more employers are looking at LinkedIn profiles before making a hiring decision; "Today, one of the strongest source of referrals for a company seeking to fill a position is from their existing employees and their networks. The value of peer networks is now appreciated much more deeply, and this is another proof-point for our members to ensure that their peer networks on LinkedIn are well-curated and professionally-relevant, since that could be a strong source of opportunity."

    Taking place 1-3 February at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Tawdheef, for the first time ever, will be running an in-depth seminar programme designed to educate Emirati students and job seekers on how to plan career choices in order to meet long-term personal objectives. With self-development and transferable skills being the focus of the three day seminar programme, both newcomers to the job market as well as seasoned employees looking for a new challenge will find attending the sessions beneficial.

    Entitled 'How to build your professional brand and land a job with LinkedIn', the objective of Comaty's session is to educate job-seekers on the growing importance of ensuring a strong LinkedIn profile; "There is a social aspect to everything around us today, and this is becoming very evident in the recruitment sector. Employers seek to know as much as they can about a candidate even before the first interaction, and it is in the interest of job-seekers to ensure that their most updated professional information is captured and showcased well on their LinkedIn profiles. My session will help job-seekers understand that their LinkedIn profile will continue to work for them online even when they are not connected."

    Attracting over 12,000 Emirati jobseekers, many of the UAE's leading organisations, both public and private, collectively have over 5000 jobs on offer during the three day career fair, covering industries such as Government, Defence/Safety & Security, Oil & Gas, Banking, Tourism, Hospitality and Telecoms.

    A number of leading UAE companies that jobseekers can expect to meet include Abu Dhabi Airports Company, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Terminals, Chalhoub Group, ADNOC and UAE Exchange among others.

    The three-day event is held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and supported by Titanium Sponsor GHQ Armed Forces, Platinum Sponsors National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Gold Sponsors Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Department of Municipal Affairs, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, and Silver Sponsors Abu Dhabi Ports/Terminals all of which will have current job openings and long-term career opportunities to offer Emiratis.

  • Over 5000 Jobs On Offer At Tawdheef Recruitment Fair

    12,000 Emirati job seekers to descend on career fair next month

    Abu Dhabi, 24 January, 2016: Tawdheef, one of the country's leading recruitment fairs dedicated to UAE Nationals, will see thousands of Emirati job seekers pass through its halls when it opens February 1 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

    Many of the UAE's leading organisations, both public and private, collectively have over 5000 jobs on offer during the three day career fair, covering industries such as Government, Defense/Safety & Security, Oil & Gas, Banking, Tourism, Hospitality and Telecoms.

    As part of an the onsite initiative to help as many Emirati's as possible find a job suitable to them, Jobs@Tawdheef is an incentive to the exhibiting companies to try and offer as many positions within their organisations as possible. Part of the initiative includes an award which will be given during the process of the event to the top three companies who conducted the most interviews during the event.

    Emirati student, Rashid Saeed Rashid, visited the first day of the show last year and commented; "This is my first time at the Tawdheef show and I am enjoying the experience. As a student in IT, I have gained from meeting organisations both in the private and public sectors hiring fresh graduates. I also like that bringing my CV wasn't necessary as most companies gave us the option of submitting our details on computers at their stands."

    A number of leading UAE companies that jobseekers can expect to meet include Abu Dhabi Airports Company, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Terminals, Chalhoub Group, ADNOC and UAE Exchange among others.

    "We had approximately 12,000 UAE National job-seekers attend Tawdheef in 2015, and the feedback that we received from employers at the show is that they wanted to take this unique opportunity to spend more quality time assessing Emirati job applicants on-site, so that they can make the best recruitment decisions in line with their Emiratisation policies." said Hayete Jemai, Exhibition Director of Tawdheef.

    "We will also be running an in-depth seminar programme, which has been designed to educate students and job seekers on how to plan career choices in order to meet long-term personal objectives. We have ensured there is a strong focus on self-development and transferable skills, and ensured that both newcomers to the job market as well as seasoned employees looking for a new challenge will find attending the sessions beneficial." added Jemai.

    The three-day event is held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and supported by Titanium Sponsor GHQ Armed Forces, Platinum Sponsors National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Gold Sponsors Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Department of Municipal Affairs, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, and Silver Sponsors Abu Dhabi Ports/Terminals all of which will have current job openings and long-term career opportunities to offer Emiratis.

  • H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan Opens Tawdheef

    UAE Minister of Youth, Culture & Community Development inaugurates latest edition of the show facilitating private and public sector job opportunities for young Emiratis 

    Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. 02 February 2015: The ninth edition of Tawdheef, the country's leading career exhibition for Emiratis, which opened today (2 February) at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, was officially inaugurated by H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Youth, Culture & Development.

    The three-day fair boasts an exhibitor profile line-up of leading UAE companies covering a wide variety of industry verticals, including Abu Dhabi Terminals, Mubadala Development Company, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, Schlumberger, Emirates Nationals Development Programme and New York University Abu Dhabi among others.

    Taking place alongside the show this year is the Emirati Youth Forum, as part of the Emiratisation Summit 2015, which takes place 2nd and 3rd of February at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

    The Emirati Youth Forum, which takes place today, gathered over 100 Emirati students from across the Nation's top universities and academies to meet and interact with potential employers. 

    "We have integrated the HR Emiratisation Summit into the show this year, with sessions running directly from the show floor. Emiratisation pioneers and advocates will be addressing the challenges facing the industry in real-life case studies, interactive panel discussions and roundtables." added Jemai.

    The three-day event is held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and  supported by Titanium sponsor GHQ Armed Forces, Platinum Sponsors National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, SENAAT - General Holding Corporation, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and Gold Sponsors Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Department of Municipal Affairs, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, Abu Dhabi Media Company and Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones (ZonesCorp) all of which will have current job openings and long-term career opportunities to offer Emiratis.

  • Over 7500 Jobs On Offer At Tawdheef Recruitment Fair

    12,000 Emirati job seekers to descend on career fair over next three days 

    Abu Dhabi, 1 February, 2015: Thousands of Emirati job seekers will be passing through the halls of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre starting today (Monday 2 February), as many of the UAE's leading organisations, both public and private, collectively have over 7500 jobs on offer during the three day career fair.

    Mohammed Al Qaisi, a 22 year old UAE national and recent graduate, visited Tawdheef on its opening day last year to meet government, semi-government and private institutions.  He said: "There are so many exciting career opportunities – whether they are in the public or private sector.  Most of the exhibitors have been very informative explaining their openings to me."

    A number of leading UAE companies will be present at the fair covering a wide variety of industry verticals including Abu Dhabi Terminals, Mubadala Development Company, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, Schlumberger, Emirates Nationals Development Programme and New York University Abu Dhabi among others.

    "We had over 12,000 UAE National job-seekers attend Tawdheef in 2014, and the feedback that we received from employers at the show is that they wanted to take this unique opportunity to spend more quality time assessing Emirati job applicants on-site, so that they can make the best recruitment decisions in line with their Emiratisation policies. The fact that we have over 7500 jobs on offer this year cements this testament perfectly." said Hayete Jemai, Exhibition Director of Tawdheef.

    "We will also be integrating the HR Emiratisation Summit into the show this year, and will be running the sessions directly from the show floor. Emiratisation pioneers and advocates will be addressing the challenges facing the industry in real-life case studies, interactive panel discussions and roundtables." added Jemai.

    Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), the Abu Dhabi-based strategic investment and development company, and a number of its subsidiaries including Al Taif Technical Services, Strata, the Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Company (AMMROC), Emirates LNG, Yahsat, Injazat Data Systems, Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) and Masdar are participating in Tawdheef as the company continues to offer unique development and training opportunities for UAE Nationals across exciting fields in dynamic organizations.

    Khaled Abdulla Al Qubaisi, Chief Human Capital Officer at Mubadala Group, said: "Mubadala is committed to nurturing talent in order to accelerate the UAE's journey to global competitiveness. Since our formation, we have created over 15,000 jobs in the UAE and will continue to support long-term career development while also developing opportunities for the next generation in cutting-edge industries.

    Participating in recruitment events like Tawdheef provides us with an important opportunity to engage with young talent and continue our pursuit to be amongst the UAE's preferred employers."

    Bayt.com are once again bringing back the ever popular Career clinic to the show, whereby visiting Emiratis can improve their CV writing skills, one of the challenges anyone faces while looking for a job.

    "Bayt.com is very excited to be the Strategic Career Partner with Tawdheef yet again," said Suhail Masri, VP of Sales at Bayt.com, "The 7,500 jobs at Tawdheef are a testament to how the UAE has always been a very active market with some of the highest number of job listings in the region as Bayt.com can attest to, given we have catered to the special needs of the local job market across industries and career levels since 2000, with thousands of local jobs for top employers advertised daily on our career portal which we will be training professionals to optimally access during the fair."

    Now in its ninth year, Tawdheef boasts an exhibitor profile lineup covering a vast range of government and private organisations from sectors including finance, recruitment, oil and gas, retail, telecommunications, IT, media, transport and logistics, industrial and manufacturing, investment, defense and security, and health and insurance.

    The three-day event is held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and  supported by Titanium sponsor GHQ Armed Forces, Platinum Sponsors National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, SENAAT - General Holding Corporation, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and Gold Sponsors Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Department of Municipal Affairs, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, Abu Dhabi Media Company and Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones (ZonesCorp) all of which will have current job openings and long-term career opportunities to offer Emiratis.

  • Attractiveness Of Private Sector To Be Highlighted At Upcoming Emirati Youth Forum

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 29 January 2015: UAE's national role models from PwC, Emirates Foundation, and Abu Dhabi Investment Company will join Emiratisation and HR experts to address local students at the Emirati Youth Forum as part of the Emiratisation Summit 2015, which takes place 2nd of February at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

    The Emirati Youth Forum is one of a kind here in the UAE, and gathers over 100 Emirati students from across the Nation's top universities and academies to meet and interact with potential employers.  

    Fatma Ahmed Ramadhan Juma, Senior Associate, Assurance, PwC, who is one of the role models addressing the young Emirati students at the Forum, said, "Choosing to work in the private sector has given me the opportunity to develop not only my personal skills but also my business and technical skills. Pursuing the ICAEW ACA qualification, through the ICAEW Emirati Scholarship Scheme (IESS), while working has helped me improve my accounting and finance skills and allowed me to be challenged and achieve professional milestones by being exposed to a multinational environment. I am now much more confident doing business with people from different cultures and very pleased with the long lasting relationships I was able to develop working in the private sector."

    Fatma is an example of how successful Emiratisation programmes can be if implemented properly, something that a large number of multinational organisations in the country are undertaking.

    It is estimated that the UAE will see enough economic growth to accommodate all the available supply of Emirati and expat talent in 2015, according to a recent report by UAE based research firm The Talent Enterprise. The study also revealed that this hike is expected to continue, generating more jobs to meet the growing supply of talent until 2050.

    Hessa Al Ghurair, Head of Human Resources at Tanfeeth, stressed the importance of developing the nation's students and youth to the success of Emiratisation. "Speaking of the GCC, nationalisation is critical for the overall regional development. Unless we work hand-in-hand and ensure that we develop our younger brothers and sisters, we will not be able to achieve the vision that the ruler of the UAE is looking forward to," she said.

    In addition to the growing economy, the pool of Emirati talent is also expanding with UAE nationals migrating from the less populated parts of the country to the larger Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah. In addition, the young Emirati men that will be finished with their military service represent a yet another talent pool. There is also the middle-aged workforce that is about to retire from the public sector; too young to assume the role of senior citizens, these individuals represent another area of talent that will be looking for employment opportunities in the private sector.

    David Jones, Founder and Managing Director of the Talent Enterprise, highlights some of the misconceptions about Emiratisation. "Some of the stereotypes that we hear about the challenges of Emiratisation are actually outdated perceptions that are based on the previous generations. The trend now is no longer about employers focusing on hiring a certain number of Emiratis to reach the quota. Instead, we see employers trying to unlock the available talent, giving Emiratis the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities," he said.

    Jones and Ghurair, among others, will be addressing all these challenges at the Emiratisation Summit, taking part in Tawdheef – the leading national career fair from 2 – 4 February at Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company. Running for the 4th consecutive year, the Emiratisation Summit is the most comprehensive national workforce recruitment, talent management, and career development conference. It will provide an essential educational and industry networking platform for the community to discuss practical strategies for attracting, retaining, and engaging top Emirati talent. The summit agenda will cover the entire HR lifecycle that is specific to national workforce planning, featuring more interactive sessions that will foster discussion and debate.

    The Emiratisation Summit is supported by Etihad and Tanfeeth (Gold Sponsors), ICAEW and Etihad (Emirati Youth Forum Sponsors) The Talent Enterprise and Pera Training (Innovation Partners) and ManpowerGroup (Exhibitor).

  • UAE Welcomes First Ever Female Emirati Crane Operator

    Ayesha Al Marzooqi officially the UAE's first ever female Emirati crane operator; Marzooqi to operate 126 metre crane moving containers from large container vessels to shore at Khalifa Port

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 27 January: In September 2014 Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), manager and operator of Khalifa Port container terminal and longtime exhibitor at the upcoming Tawdheef Career Fair, organised an open day for UAE Nationals in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Ports looking to recruit UAE Nationals for operational roles at the Khalifa Port container terminal.

    UAE national Ayesha Al Marzooqi, having a strong interest in the growing UAE ports industry, decided that she wanted to apply for a role as a large STS (ship-to-shore) crane operator, a truly unique role for a female to undertake.

    "From the moment I heard about this role, I was determined that I wanted to go for this job. I am extremely proud to be the first female Emirati crane operator and I really hope that it will inspire more Emirati women to take up roles that are unique for ladies." said Al Marzooqi. 

    According to Al Marzooqi, when operating a crane the most important thing is to exercise full concentration and always be ready to make immediate decisions without hesitation. The STS crane that is operated by her is 126.5 meters high and has an outreach of 65 meters, the equivalent of 22 containers with a lifting capacity of 90 tons.

    Becoming a crane operator for one the fastest growing ports in the world is no easy task. ADT's training program for operational staff consists of theoretical classroom training in which trainee operators learn all aspects of operating a crane; including crane safety and crane components.

    Once the theoretical part has been completed, they then shadow a fully qualified crane operator for hands on training, which upon completion means that they are ready to start operating the crane solo.

    "Besides a minimum amount of training hours required, there are several exams that need to be completed before receiving the official certification.

    The thing I enjoy most about my job is achieving new productivity targets. It really motivates me when I break a new record for my crane moves per hour (GMPH) which are a key indicator for performance in a marine terminal." added Al Marzooqi.

    Ayesha Al Marzooqi will be attending the upcoming Tawdheef Career Fair to talk with other Emiratis who are interested in entering such a profession. As a port operator, ADT is at the forefront of handling huge flows of containers that bring the vast majority of day-to-day goods to the UAE, thus playing an important role in facilitating economic growth by connecting Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE with the world markets.

    "We are immensely proud that Ayesha Al Marzooqi is the first female Emirati crane operator. Emiratisation of our workforce is one ADT's top strategic priorities and Tawdheef provides us with an excellent platform to recruit UAE Nationals in all levels of the organization, ranging from senior and middle management to supervisory and practical roles. During the event we will focus on training opportunities for operational and technical roles and promote our successful on-job training program for Emirati's which we started 2 years ago." said Eisa Hassan Al Marzouqi, Senior Director Human Resources, Abu Dhabi Terminals.

    Now in its ninth year, Tawdheef boasts an exhibitor profile lineup covering a vast range of government and private organisations from sectors including finance, recruitment, oil and gas, retail, telecommunications, IT, media, transport and logistics, industrial and manufacturing, investment, defense and security, and health and insurance.

    The three-day event is held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and  supported by Titanium sponsor GHQ Armed Forces, Platinum Sponsors National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, SENAAT - General Holding Corporation, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and Gold Sponsors Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Department of Municipal Affairs, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, Abu Dhabi Media Company and Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones (ZonesCorp) all of which will have current job openings and long-term career opportunities to offer Emiratis.

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