By Andy Sambidge
Builder says campaign will initially target Emiratis but will spread to rest of GCC and MENA
Dubai-based Arabtec Holding on Monday announced a campaign to recruit thousands of youths across the Middle East and North Africa as it continues to win new contracts in the region.
The recruitment campaign will kick off in the UAE, and will be targeting "ambitious UAE youths", the builder said in a statement, adding that it was committed to boosting its Emiratisation policy.
The drive for new staff comes just a day after Arabtec said it would build 37 major buildings worth AED22.44bn ($6.1bn) for Abu Dhabi state fund Aabar in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
"The campaign... coincides with a phenomenal growth of Arabtec business, the biggest in its history, with backlog at historic levels, continued geographical expansion and a diversification drive into new higher-margin sectors such as oil and gas, power, and infrastructure," Arabtec said in the statement.
It added that its workforce has grown to "unprecedented levels", with 3,000 new recruits taken on in 2013 alone.
Hasan Abdullah Ismaik, managing director and CEO of Arabtec, said: "Emiratisation has always been at the core of our corporate strategy. We perceive it as a duty, a commitment, and part of our responsibility towards this great nation.
"We have developed a fully-fledged strategy geared at attracting local talents to our fast growing business. Paramount attention is given to developing attractive packages for UAE nationals and enabling them to gain real time experience from our international teams."
The second phase of the campaign will include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman, and will eventually expand to Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and other Arab countries where Arabtec has business.