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Firm launches award to help Emiratis find jobs

By a staff reporter / 29 November 2007

DUBAI — To aid Emirati students pursuing degrees and higher education in the UAE and abroad secure jobs, a local finance company yesterday launched an annual award whereby creative and innovative nationals in different streams will be guaranteed their first job.

Tamaiaz Award, announced by Mawarid Finance, is part of the company’s attempt to help the Emiratisation drive in the private and public sectors.

It would cover seven categories: media and mass communications, banking and finance, accounting and auditing, languages, Shariah and law, information technology, and marketing and sales.

UAE nationals pursuing education in these fields in the UAE and abroad and willing to work in the country can submit innovative projects. Five winners from each category will be chosen for the award, which also consists of a cash prize between Dh5,000 and Dh20,000.

Of the 35 winners, Mawarid will offer employment to the toppers in the seven categories.

Announcing the award at a Press conference, Omran Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of Mawarid Finance, said the initiative sought to boost the competitiveness and creativity of UAE nationals pursuing higher education and prepare them for the professional market by offering them employment opportunities within the group and in other private and public sector companies.

“Tamaiaz Award can help fill the gap between academic education and the job market by empowering them to enter the market and guiding them on how to convert their innovative ideas into reality.”

He hoped this initiative would become a turning point in the Emiritisation process.

Company’s executive director and CEO Mohamed Al Neaimi said he would like other companies to also join in the initiative to help the nationals.
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