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By The JobSmart Team 06 Feb, 2017

Great news if you work in the tourism, health or education sectors!

The UAE yesterday introduced a new entry visa system to attract top foreign talent to the country. The system was approved during a Cabinet meeting on Sunday, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The Ruler of Dubai then took to Twitter to announce “Today I chaired a cabinet meeting at which we agreed on a new entry visa system that focuses on attracting exceptional talent.”

“Future prosperity lies in the creative minds of our people. Investing in people is an investment in our economy and success.”

Sheikh Mohammed pointed out that the UAE’s future economy will be talent-based. “Our economy will develop an environment that stimulates innovation,” he added.

The new visa system will be implemented in several phases. The first phase will include issuing entry visas for the tourism, health and education sectors. The second one will see the issuance of entry visas to attract innovative and inspirational entrepreneurs and exceptional experts in the scientific, research, technical and cultural domains.

Specialised committees will be established to prioritise the sectors that will benefit from the talent acquisition visa, and to put forward a plan to attract regional and global exceptional talents.

This announcement will give a big boost to tourism, health and education sectors by enhancing the UAE’s competitive excellence on the global stage. The conducive environment and lifestyle as well as financial facilities and sophisticated infrastructure are the most important factors to lure extraordinary competencies and high skills. The system will offer new facilities for international companies to shift their headquarters to this country.

Sheikh Mohammed stressed that the UAE is seeking to be the first incubator of highly skilled professionals and talented human capital in all dynamic sectors.

 He added that the UAE has always embraced openness, is governed by tolerance and its renaissance is made by the contribution of all its residents.

"The UAE is a country of vast opportunity. We aim to provide a tolerant environment that can nurture potential and support outstanding talent."

“We always strive to entrench the values of openness and tolerance and will never step back. We welcome great minds from the 200 nationalities living on our country. The UAE is the land of opportunities and the best environment to bring dreams to reality and unleash exceptional potential and talents of people.”

By The JobSmart Team 04 Jul, 2016
Introducing the mobile aspect into today’s industries has gone madly innovative, and that reflected in STEP2016 Startup Basecamp where many startups we met were all about innovative apps creatively linking different industries with tech...
By The JobSmart Team 26 Jun, 2016

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has just launched Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030, a brand new initiative to “transform the UAE into a global platform for innovative industries and a destination of choice for international companies”.

In these times of uncertainty in the oil markets, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DP World said the move is aligned with the UAE’s roadmap for the post-oil era.

Sounds impressive right? But how does this impact us? We won’t bore you with the details, but the good news is that it’s estimated the 75 outlined initiatives will help create 27,000 new jobs in the country by 2030 ! Most of these jobs will be in industries which are far from the norm for expats in Dubai, where the major sectors are currently construction and financial services (that’s right, unbelievably oil & gas now actually only accounts for 5% of GDP!).


The strategy focuses on the growth of six main industries:

Aerospace

Dubai already boasts the world’s largest airline and busiest airport (try getting through passport control at midnight without your e-gate pass, you will agree!), but the ambitious new plans will see Dubai also become a global hub for manufacturing spare aircraft parts and providing maintenance and repair services. In addition to this, HH Sheikh Mohammed wants to increase aviation R&D.

 

Maritime

Dubai has always been a centre of maritime trade but now there are plans to make it a repair and maintenance hub for ships and offshore structures too. Along with this, Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030 includes plans for the manufacturing of domestic yachts and other boats (we look forward to Dubai Marina being full of Dubai yachts very soon!).

 

Aluminium and fabricated metals

Aligned with the plan to make Dubai a global hub for aircraft maintenance, its production capacity in metal fabrication will be increased. Currently the UAE is among the top global exporters of aluminium and this boost in capacity will be aimed at attracting more clients from the auto and aerospace industry.

 

Pharmaceuticals

The GCC currently imports 80% of their pharmaceutical requirements. With initial focus on cosmeceuticals (in particular halal products), Dubai plans firstly to invest in research and development, infrastructure and building capacity in readiness for the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals which will require advanced technology and a highly skilled workforce (yes, that means you lot living outside of Dubai!).

 

Food and beverages

The GCC again relies heavily on imports in this sector (around 70% of its food), and Dubai aims to play a “significant role” in becoming a hub for food products in the region. Its infrastructure and logistical capabilities are major drivers for success in this sector, and plans are now in place to leverage the growing global demand for high quality halal products in order to strengthen Dubai’s position as the Capital of Islamic Economy.

 

Machinery and equipment

This sector already accounts for about 25% of the UAE’s industrial GDP and with Dubai’s location and reputation as a regional hub for machinery for construction machinery and equipment this sector is set to grow and grow.

 

So whether you are looking for a change of career, or even a change of location and want to come join us in Dubai, these are the industries to watch.

If you don’t have the time to watch them (oh yes, it’s shameless plug time!), why not let JobSmart watch them for you? With JobSmart, just complete your profile then sit back, put your feet up and we will notify you when your dream job is advertised!

To find out check out our website  and download the JobSmart app today.

By The JobSmart Team 06 Jun, 2016
This Ramadan, JobSmart are giving away an iPad mini to one lucky winner, and all you have to do is:

1) Download the JobSmart app
2) Register and complete your JobSmart profile
3) Follow JobSmart on one of our social media platforms

It's that simple!

Click here to find out more.
By The JobSmart Team 04 Apr, 2016
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By The JobSmart Team 31 Mar, 2016

Running from April 4-5 at the Dubai International Marine Club,  2016’s STEP Conference  will see over 4,000 entrepreneurs coming together to discuss all things tech, digital, and entertainment in Dubai. This year’s event aims to be the largest interactive gathering in the Middle East, and will be featuring over 200 startups from the Middle East and abroad. With the UAE releasing an US$82 billion fund for science and technology last year, and the declared aim of becoming a leading competitive knowledge economy in the world, the conference is bound to attract some very interesting young enterprises.

My startup,  MAGNiTT , has already joined forces with the conference and will be  facilitating connectivity among attendees and startups . MAGNiTT allows user to discover startups across MENA and connect with the founders. For STEP, we have created a tailored offering that allows attendees to review startups, and connect with founders to arrange meetings before, during and after the conference. The key is to help familiarize attendees with the startups presenting to make their time spent onsite more efficient. 

Here’s a shortlist of ten promising startups from the MENA and beyond to watch at STEP this year...

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By The JobSmart Team 06 Feb, 2017

Great news if you work in the tourism, health or education sectors!

The UAE yesterday introduced a new entry visa system to attract top foreign talent to the country. The system was approved during a Cabinet meeting on Sunday, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The Ruler of Dubai then took to Twitter to announce “Today I chaired a cabinet meeting at which we agreed on a new entry visa system that focuses on attracting exceptional talent.”

“Future prosperity lies in the creative minds of our people. Investing in people is an investment in our economy and success.”

Sheikh Mohammed pointed out that the UAE’s future economy will be talent-based. “Our economy will develop an environment that stimulates innovation,” he added.

The new visa system will be implemented in several phases. The first phase will include issuing entry visas for the tourism, health and education sectors. The second one will see the issuance of entry visas to attract innovative and inspirational entrepreneurs and exceptional experts in the scientific, research, technical and cultural domains.

Specialised committees will be established to prioritise the sectors that will benefit from the talent acquisition visa, and to put forward a plan to attract regional and global exceptional talents.

This announcement will give a big boost to tourism, health and education sectors by enhancing the UAE’s competitive excellence on the global stage. The conducive environment and lifestyle as well as financial facilities and sophisticated infrastructure are the most important factors to lure extraordinary competencies and high skills. The system will offer new facilities for international companies to shift their headquarters to this country.

Sheikh Mohammed stressed that the UAE is seeking to be the first incubator of highly skilled professionals and talented human capital in all dynamic sectors.

 He added that the UAE has always embraced openness, is governed by tolerance and its renaissance is made by the contribution of all its residents.

"The UAE is a country of vast opportunity. We aim to provide a tolerant environment that can nurture potential and support outstanding talent."

“We always strive to entrench the values of openness and tolerance and will never step back. We welcome great minds from the 200 nationalities living on our country. The UAE is the land of opportunities and the best environment to bring dreams to reality and unleash exceptional potential and talents of people.”

By The JobSmart Team 04 Jul, 2016
Introducing the mobile aspect into today’s industries has gone madly innovative, and that reflected in STEP2016 Startup Basecamp where many startups we met were all about innovative apps creatively linking different industries with tech...
By The JobSmart Team 26 Jun, 2016

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has just launched Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030, a brand new initiative to “transform the UAE into a global platform for innovative industries and a destination of choice for international companies”.

In these times of uncertainty in the oil markets, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DP World said the move is aligned with the UAE’s roadmap for the post-oil era.

Sounds impressive right? But how does this impact us? We won’t bore you with the details, but the good news is that it’s estimated the 75 outlined initiatives will help create 27,000 new jobs in the country by 2030 ! Most of these jobs will be in industries which are far from the norm for expats in Dubai, where the major sectors are currently construction and financial services (that’s right, unbelievably oil & gas now actually only accounts for 5% of GDP!).


The strategy focuses on the growth of six main industries:

Aerospace

Dubai already boasts the world’s largest airline and busiest airport (try getting through passport control at midnight without your e-gate pass, you will agree!), but the ambitious new plans will see Dubai also become a global hub for manufacturing spare aircraft parts and providing maintenance and repair services. In addition to this, HH Sheikh Mohammed wants to increase aviation R&D.

 

Maritime

Dubai has always been a centre of maritime trade but now there are plans to make it a repair and maintenance hub for ships and offshore structures too. Along with this, Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030 includes plans for the manufacturing of domestic yachts and other boats (we look forward to Dubai Marina being full of Dubai yachts very soon!).

 

Aluminium and fabricated metals

Aligned with the plan to make Dubai a global hub for aircraft maintenance, its production capacity in metal fabrication will be increased. Currently the UAE is among the top global exporters of aluminium and this boost in capacity will be aimed at attracting more clients from the auto and aerospace industry.

 

Pharmaceuticals

The GCC currently imports 80% of their pharmaceutical requirements. With initial focus on cosmeceuticals (in particular halal products), Dubai plans firstly to invest in research and development, infrastructure and building capacity in readiness for the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals which will require advanced technology and a highly skilled workforce (yes, that means you lot living outside of Dubai!).

 

Food and beverages

The GCC again relies heavily on imports in this sector (around 70% of its food), and Dubai aims to play a “significant role” in becoming a hub for food products in the region. Its infrastructure and logistical capabilities are major drivers for success in this sector, and plans are now in place to leverage the growing global demand for high quality halal products in order to strengthen Dubai’s position as the Capital of Islamic Economy.

 

Machinery and equipment

This sector already accounts for about 25% of the UAE’s industrial GDP and with Dubai’s location and reputation as a regional hub for machinery for construction machinery and equipment this sector is set to grow and grow.

 

So whether you are looking for a change of career, or even a change of location and want to come join us in Dubai, these are the industries to watch.

If you don’t have the time to watch them (oh yes, it’s shameless plug time!), why not let JobSmart watch them for you? With JobSmart, just complete your profile then sit back, put your feet up and we will notify you when your dream job is advertised!

To find out check out our website  and download the JobSmart app today.

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