Careers UAE 2003 ends on positive note

DUBAI - The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)-organised Careers UAE 2003 closed at the Airport Expo last night on a highly positive note, with exhibitors and jobseekers alike appreciating the success and scope of the event, which has experienced quantum growth over the years.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Thu 24 Apr 2003, 12:28 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 7:44 PM

"We have derived immense satisfaction from bringing together UAE national jobseekers, students and potential employers under one umbrella and the success of this event highlights our genuine commitment to the cause of creating increased employment opportunities for capable and talented UAE nationals," said DWTC Director General Mubarak bin Fahad.

He said that as event organisers, the DWTC effectively raised awareness within the public and private sector organisations about the importance of emiratisation by doubling the number of exhibitors from 58 in the previous edition to 117 in 2003. Careers UAE has evolved into a major driving force in the move towards greater emiratisation.

Participating exhibitors were unanimous in their opinion about the importance of sourcing local talent to meet their staffing needs, and the significance of Careers UAE in facilitating this process as the largest dedicated career fair catering to the needs of UAE nationals.

Banks, multinationals, IT and media companies, semi-government and government institutions all spared no effort to take advantage of the increasing pool of highly trained, disciplined and dedicated Emiratis who are set to begin their professional careers.

More than 14,000 jobseekers and visitors attended this edition of Careers, a huge increase over the approximately 9,000 visitors to the last version of the fair. Most participating companies reported collecting an average of 40-50 CVs in a day, a remarkable number by any standards.

Reactions from companies participating in Careers were uniformly upbeat.

Dr Howard Reed of the Higher Colleges of Technology said, "The quality of the show has improved with every passing year and this edition is the best so far. It is the most successful career fair in the whole Middle East region. Participation of companies from various fields has been very impressive and denotes that they are taking the emiratisation project seriously."

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