RAS AL KHAIMAH // Employment is readily available elsewhere in the country but Tariq Abdullah has his heart set on a job in his home emirate.
“We get job offers in Dubai and other emirates, but the commute there and back from other emirates is not something we favour,” the 25-year-old Emirati said.
Mr Abdullah was one of scores of jobseekers who turned up at the RAK Career Fair on Tuesday at the RAK Exhibition Centre, which was advertising 1,200 jobs in the private and public sectors.
His friend, Mohammed Abdullah, also 25, was hoping to work near his home so he could make time for a vocational course.
“I worked in a bank here but I had to quit the shift-based job because it conflicted with an IT course I’m enrolled on,” he said.
Also attending were Ahlam Al Thuhori and her friend Al Jazeyah Sultan, who had come all the way from Galila, near the border with Oman.
“Our town doesn’t have enough jobs so we took this career fair as an opportunity to apply for jobs here in RAK,” said Ms Al Thuhori, 21, who was looking for admin or data-entry positions.
Ms Sultan, 20, was hoping to find a job in the public sector. “I would prefer to have a government job because it gives us job security,” she said.
Mohammed Ali, accompanied by his father, was busy handing his CV to recruiters.
“I finished high school and have an IT certification, so it would be great to secure a job by the end of the fair,” said the Kuzam resident, 20.
One of the companies with a stall at the fair was RAK Bank.
“We have 120 job opportunities available mainly in back and front office jobs,” said Aaesha Al Khatri, assistant manager of nationalisation for the bank. “We hope to have 250 to 300 job applications by the end of the three-day career fair.”
Ahmad Al Doobi, vice president of talent management at Etisalat, said the telecoms company was actively searching for Emiratis from the region.
“We are always looking to recruit and train Emiratis from the Northern Emirates,” he said.
Mariam Al Nuaimi, administrative director at the RAK Government’s protocol department, said: “We are looking to hire Emiratis with the minimum of a high-school degree, of either gender.”
Abdulnaser Mohammed Sultan, executive director of RAK Exhibition Centre, believed the job situation for Emiratis was improving in RAK.
“This year’s fair has had a lot of opportunities for Emiratis,” he said. “There are also training opportunities to develop the skills of the youth that would help in increasing their chances.”