About 300 Emiratis register at Tanmia Open Day event

DUBAI — About 300 UAE nationals registered at Tanmia’s Open Day event, Your Future in the Retail Sector, which was held yesterday. Students, who had completed their high school, college and university education, flocked to Tanmia career air.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Fri 13 Jul 2007, 9:41 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:08 AM

It was organised at Dubai Women’s College under the patronage of Dr Ali bin Abdullah Al Ka’abi, UAE Minister of Labour and Chairman of Tanmia’s Board of Trustees.

Tanmia, the National Human Resource Development & Employment Authority in the UAE was established in1999 to address the imbalance in the labour market, due to excessive dependence on the expatriate workforce.

The one-day career fair saw 16 companies from the retail sector participate and woo nationals with their vacancies, while simultaneously interacting with the candidates.

Abeer M had come to the fair to meet the different companies. Speaking to Khaleej Times, she said, “There are many companies that interest me and I am keen on applying to a few of them.” Young Khalif Ismail and his friend Manea Jamil, who plan to apply to a college in Sharjah said, “We are trying to get a scholarship to pursue our higher education. That is why we are here to interact with the companies.”

Mona Al Ali, Manager, Administration and Recruitment of Dubai Duty Free, who was looking to recruit nationals, pointed out that they had expected about 5, 000 registrations. “Our target is to hire people in sales and the educational background is not that important. Our main focus is on personality and we look for people eager to work. We need people to work on night shifts too as the airport is open 24 hours. The percentage of nationals in our company is low and we are trying to woo them with good packages.”

The objective is to involve UAE nationals in the burgeoning retail sector observed Abdul Rahim Sultan, Employer Relations Manager, Tanmia. “There are huge opportunities in the retail sector suitable for UAE nationals. We have called companies that have vacancies and job seekers interested in this sector,” he added.

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