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H.H. Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Opens 12th Edition of Careers UAE

05 Mar 2012

H.H. Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Opens 12th Edition of Careers UAE

Careers UAE 2012 was inaugurated this morning (Monday) by H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, with a strong number of visitors expected to attend this year’s event.The leading recruitment, training and education exhibition with exclusive focus on Emirati talent, Careers UAE 2012 will run until Wednesday, 7 March at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Careers UAE is firmly established as the most influential platform for facilitating career opportunities for UAE nationals across all industry sectors.A wide range of UAE-based private and public organisations are participating this year, including companies in aviation, banking, oil & gas, hospitality, retail, telecommunications, transport, municipal and government divisions. 

“We thank H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, for his continued support of Careers UAE.The importance of this show in showcasing and supporting the Emiratisation programme grows every year and we are delighted with the commitment of blue-chip organisations and institutions participating.Careers UAE is an exceptional platform for bringing together talent and a broad range of career options in one dynamic environment,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of the Careers UAE.

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, a top-tier Islamic financial services institution and an industry leader in Emiratisation initiatives, has partnered with Careers UAE once again as platinum sponsor.Waheed Al Khazraji, ADIB’s Head of HR at ADIB said: “We believe that Careers UAE offers huge opportunities to bolster the country’s banking industry with competitive national talents. ADIB will be offering many job opportunities and insight into our work environment, and the training courses we offer.”

Companies participating at the exhibition represent a broad range of industry sectors include Al Tayer Group, Commercial Bank of Dubai, DEWA, Dolphin Energy, du, Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Airline, Ericsson, Etisalat, General Holding Corporation, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, and investment company Tawazun.

During their fourth consecutive participation in Careers UAE, The Private Office of His Highness Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is launching the second instalment of the Majid bin Mohammed UAE Nationals Training Initiative. “Through this initiative, we seek to support the young UAE nationals to successfully take the first steps towards their career future. It also helps produce a constellation of UAE nationals, who are familiar with the labour market and able to continue success” said Marwan Juma bin Beyat, General Manager of The Private Office of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

German-based industrial giant Siemens, which has over 180 jobs currently open in the UAE across its energy, healthcare, industrial and infrastructure sectors, will also be showcasing the Siemens Graduate Program, a ‘fast-track’ development path into management level jobs for suitable Masters level graduates.Erich Kaeser, CEO of Siemens Middle East said:“Finding strong local talent is very important to Siemens as we expand our Research & Development capabilities.By creating R&D hubs right here, we can help build – and access – the human and intellectual capital of the region to help us develop strong, localized solutions.”

International academic institutions, training organisations and professional bodies are also active participants at Careers UAE 2012.British University, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), TANMIA, Higher Colleges of Technology, University of United Arab Emirates and Zayed University will be offering visitors the opportunity to improve their skills base and gain internationally accredited qualifications.

With innovative activities for students and young career professionals, such as the annual “Lunch with Leaders” and inaugural “Career Builder” business competition adding dynamic interaction to the show, Careers UAE 2012 also hosts a top-level HR Leaders Forum for middle to senior HR management from all business sectors. HR leaders from some of the top organisations in the UAE such as Dubai Airport, Dufy, Etihad Airways, Etisalat, Ewaan, Microsoft and PepsiCo, will come together to discuss innovative ideas focussing on strategies used by leading regional and global organisations on how to attract, retain and develop talent as well as work toward the improvement of people management.

Also taking place alongside the show is the HR Leaders Forum and Awards are organised by Dubai World Trade Centre and runs alongside Careers UAE 2012, the Emirates’ most established recruitment, training and education event.The three-day conference will offer an unprecedented line-up of industry leaders offering best practice examples on building the leaders of tomorrow, aligning organisational strategies and creating high-performance workforces.

This year also sees the launch of the first HR Leaders Awards, recognising significant contributions within human capital management by individuals and organisations. The awards ceremony will take place on 5 March 2012 where the winners for all 12 categories will be announced.

The AIESEC Leadership Forum runs once again during Careers UAE 2012, helping to empower Emirati youth with the confidence to make well-informed life choices and develop their career goals.

Open exclusively for UAE Nationals and HR practitioners, Careers UAE 2012 is held in Halls 5 – 8 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event will take place from 5 – 7 March 2012 and will be open from 10am to 6pm daily. For more information, please visit