Time for MENA youth to 'build' their CVs: Arabtec launching massive, region-wide hiring campaign
Arabtec hopes that its hiring campaign can help mitigate growing youth unemployment in the region (File Archive)
Dubai-based construction firm Arabtec has revealed ambitious plans to recruit around 10,000 youth from across the Middle East and North Africa region, as the firm rapidly expands operations.
The large-scale recruitment campaign, which will take place “through intensive advertisement on local media”, will kick start from the UAE, and will target ambitious UAE youth, Arabtec said in a statement.
Hasan Abdullah Ismaik, managing director and CEO of Arabtec, said: “We have developed a fully-fledged strategy geared at attracting local talents to our fast growing business.
“We have a wide range of openings, from junior positions all the way to senior executive management.”
The next phase of the campaign will include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. It will eventually expand to Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and other Arab countries where Arabtec operates.
“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,” added Ismaik.
Arabtec is rapidly growing its operations across the region, and added around 3,000 new recruits in 2013.
The developer has won several contracts since Abu Dhabi fund Aabar acquired a majority stake in the firm in 2012. Earlier this week, Reuters cited sources as saying that Arabtec secured a Dhs20 billion ($5.5 billion) contract from Aabar to build up to 37 major buildings across the UAE.
Some of its other contracts include the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi and a regeneration project in Doha.
Last month, the company announced plans to open a regional headquarters in the Serbian capital of Belgrade, in a bid to expand internationally.
Arabtec also revealed plans to set up real estate development arms in Dubai and Abu Dhabi late last year.
By Aarti Nagraj
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