Careers UAE 2019 underlines employment gateway status for UAE nationals

Exhibitors praise high quality of Emirati talent eyeing opportunities as candidates applaud technology-based access to range of employment roles at leading recruitment fair

Careers UAE 2019 underlines employment gateway status for UAE nationals

Dubai, UAE : Careers UAE 2019, the leading recruitment and training exhibition for UAE nationals, which runs at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) until Thursday 21 March, is proving a magnet for a highly-motivated and engaged UAE workforce.

With thousands of job-seekers lauding the diverse range of roles in traditional industries and new technologies amid the plethora of development pathways on offer, returning and first-time exhibitors have praised the high quality of candidates descending on the fair’s 19th edition.

On day one of the show, more than 6,000 job seekers uploaded their CVs via new wristband technology to Careers UAE’s customised career advancement tool, while Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) alone reported 400 applicants for various vacancies.

In providing crucial face time for thousands of aspiring job-seekers - from fresh graduates to those seeking a career switch – Careers UAE features more than 100 leading organisations across the public and private sectors, as well as an expansive cross-section of roles across a multitude of industries and disciplines, from business administration to artificial intelligence and more in between.

Ministerial insights

In addition to the many exciting career opportunities, the show also features focused workshops aimed at facilitating young Emiratis with insights into securing employment and pursuing career development. The line-up of high-profile workshop speakers includes Her Excellency Sarah Bint Yousif Al Amiri, UAE Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, who will deliver a keynote workshop address on the final day (21 March) at 10.30am.

Major public and private sector names embracing Emiratisation

Across the 20,000 sqm exhibition, candidates and recruiters are already matching up and maximising their participation at Careers UAE 2019.

“My brother got his first job by attending Careers UAE, so I’m following in his footsteps as a recent Mechanical Engineering graduate. The exhibition is very well organised and offers great accessibility to experts giving career advice and networking opportunities. I have luckily found many job vacancies and there are door openings into different fields that might be of interest,” said job-seeker Fahed Al Amiri, 23.

This year’s show features an expanded portfolio of ministries, government organisations and private sector participants, including first-time exhibitors such as Etihad Airways, Visa, Cisco, Addaera Research & Polls Centre and Siemens, whose Careers UAE debut is paying dividends as it seeks to align with the Government’s drive to increase Emiratisation in the private sector.

“We have a huge Emiratisation drive and we’re looking for young talent to join our team. We are trying to identify future-makers at Siemens and we also see the importance of supporting the country,” said Lydia Farris, Recruitment Manager, Siemens. “The first thing we look for generally is confident, bright and enthusiastic candidates that are looking to further their careers. We are all about supporting young, local talent and encouraging diversity. More Emiratis are now focused on their careers and we’ve seen a trend of increasing popularity with great private sector companies. We want to offer them the opportunity to work with us.”

According to Hana Lootah, CEO of Addaera Research & Polls Centre, they have seen high a quality of candidates interested in job roles across different profiles and have already shortlisted candidates who they’ve met at the show. “We are recruiting for a lot of different positions including HR, procurement, administration, reception, document control, researcher communication, funding management, partnership, and communications amongst others. We have shortlisted candidates across HR roles, research positions and other opportunities and are waiting to receive responses following our initial approach,” said Lootah.

Identifying the show’s importance in attracting top talent, numerous ministerial bodies are also participating at the event for the first time as they strive to attract the best Emirati talent into the public sector workforce. Among those making their debut at the exhibition this year are the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Education.

At the 2019 show, candidates are being invited to participate in the Future Fit experience– an activity that has attracted a lot of interest among candidates as it helps individuals identify their Future Power or in other words their strongest skill. The experience was launched firstly at the World Government Summit in February as part of raising awareness around the Advanced Skills strategy under His Excellency Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills.

The public sector continues to be a big draw with many visitors, according to Khadeejah Al Balushi, 27. “I have visited Careers UAE before and I feel there are more opportunities and jobs this year,” she said.

Meanwhile, exhibitors are reporting an impressive candidate pool with many prospective employees homing in on technology-focused roles. “We’ve noticed an upward shift in applicant calibre with a considerable increase in Emirati candidates applying for jobs in high-tech, artificial intelligence and Cyber Security. Dubai Electronic Security Center is an attractive career gateway for those young nationals keen on enrolling in futuristic professions beyond the traditional corporate sectors,” said Amer Sharaf, Director of Compliance Support and Alliances at DESC.

Opportunities for all

The expanded portfolio of public and private sector companies at this year’s show ensures there’s something for every one of the estimated 18,000 job-seekers navigating the exhibition in search of their dream opportunity, say show organisers.

“This year’s Careers UAE offers the most diverse range of opportunities to candidates in the event’s two-decade history. Visitors are finding a show packed full of exciting career prospects as well as invaluable insights into how to structure a career path, from application through to charting and targeting progression,” said Asma Al Sharif, Show Director of Careers UAE.

In addition to the focused workshops on offer to visitors, Careers UAE 2019 incorporates specialised features offering insights into the next generation of recruitment technology and methods, including sessions on automated video interviewing by Sonru. Other technology-driven partnerships enhancing the Careers UAE visitor experience include on-stand show way-finder tablets operated by Sundus Technology and virtual reality workplace tours by Oliv, an internship and graduate jobs portal.

Workplace equality is also in the spotlight thanks to a partnership with Mums@Work, an online job search platform which connects mothers with flexible work opportunities. Mums@Work is hosting a series of female-focused workshops for independent Emirati career-oriented women during the show.

Careers UAE 2019 is exclusively for UAE nationals and HR practitioners. Visitors will also for the first time be able to upload their CVs in advance, which will be stored on their show wristband when they enter the show, eliminating any need to bring all those CVs! Exhibitors can scan the wristbands and receive the CVs electronically. The fair is open from 10am to 6pm from 19-21 March. For more information and to register visit 


About Careers UAE 2019  

The 19th annual Careers UAE Exhibition is being held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, from 19- 21 March 2019. The exhibition is organised by the Dubai World Trade Centre, in conjunction with TANMIA, Higher Colleges of Technology, Zayed University and UAE University.

Careers Show is a high-calibre event that enables talented UAE nationals in all fields to meet directly with recruiters and hiring managers from top employers. Careers Show was designed to expose job seekers to various training and career opportunities. Take advantage of Careers Show for exciting networking possibilities, career leads, learn about various companies, meet employers, and to apply for job positions and internships.

Careers Show provides an opportunity for UAE nationals to meet and obtain information on:

  • Opportunities within organisations and general company information
  • Market information
  • Training and education opportunities available in the market 

About Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)  

As the organiser of Careers UAE 2019, Dubai World Trade Centre offers more than 38 years’ experience delivering world-class events in the Middle East, providing local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and in-depth market knowledge. Our team organises 20 of the region’s largest and most successful international and regional shows, providing an ideal platform for business development across the Middle East.

Our commitment to ongoing innovation within the exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors. DWTC works with the leading trade bodies and industry associations to ensure that all exhibitions deliver full value and are built upon the real needs of their specific sector. 

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