Arabtec plans to recruit 'thousands' of Arab youth

Firm to start recruiting 10,000 UAE, GCC and other Arab nationals

NEWS, Business, Human Resource

Arabtec, the UAE-based contractor which yesterday signed a $6bn deal to build 37 new towers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, has launched a campaign to recruit 'thousands' of new staff members from the UAE, GCC and MENA countries.

The company said that its campaign to recruit up to 10,000 staff will start in the UAE through advertisements in local media, where it will be targeting staff who are keen to gain experience from its international project portfolio.

It added that it had recruited 3,000 staff in 2013 alone as part of a diversification strategy that has seen it move into higher-margin sectors, including infrastructure, power and oil & gas projects.

CEO Hasan Abdullah Ismaik said Emiratisation has "been at the core of our corporate strategy".

"We perceive it as a duty, a commitment, and part of our responsibility towards this great nation. We have developed a fully-fledged strategy geared at attracting local talent to our fast-growing business.

"Paramount attention is given to developing attractive packages for UAE nationals and enabling them to gain real time experience from our international teams.”

He added that the next phase of its recruitment campaign will take in the five other GCC states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman. A third phase will target other Arab countries including Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

Ismaik added: “It’s one of our strategic objectives to contribute to the socio-economic development of the Arab World and create thousands of jobs for the national youth in these countries, enabling them to participate in building their homelands.”

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