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Emirati women more job hungry?

More female Emiratis visit Sharjah National Career Exhibition than men on the first day

More female Emiratis visit Sharjah National Career Exhibition than men on the first day

sharjah -- Exhibitors at the Sharjah National Career Exhibition, which started on Wednesday, are seeing a higher attendance rate from female Emirati nationals than their male counterparts.

The 17th national career exhibition, which opened on Wednesday, at the Sharjah Expo Centre, is one of the most important places for the selection of UAE nationals in government and private sectors, according to exhibitors. The fair will continue till February 13.

His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated the exhibition.

Khaleej Times caught up with some job seekers who said that most of the participating outlets are banks and other financial institutions, which is something most Emirati girls prefer. Sarah Ibrahim, a UAE national is on the lookout for a job in a bank. A student of RAK Woman's University, Ibrahim said she cannot travel to Dubai or Sharjah for her job, and is expected to stay in Ras Al Khaimah or Umm Al Quwain, due to parental pressure. "You won't find a lot of male candidates here," said Sarah. "The men prefer jobs in the army or the police, because the salary is much higher," she said. Another student and UAE national Aliya Esam said: "I want to work and gain experience. In Dubai and Sharjah there are a lot of opportunities for jobs. But unfortunately it is not the same for people in Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain."

According to an exhibitor from the Dubai Islamic Bank, national career fairs are where most Emiratis get picked by companies. "We have one of the highest percentage of Emiratis working in the bank and most of the hiring for UAE nationals is done at career fairs. The response at fairs usually varies year after year. But today, the numbers were pretty average. We are expecting greater crowds to come in by Thursday and Friday," he said.

With the government targeting better Emiratisation levels, participating companies and organisations have also lined up training programmes aimed at reducing the skills gap that is hindering them in their recruitment process. Senior officials from the Emirates Institute for the Banking and Financial Studies and Human Resources Development Committee in the Banking Sector, which are lending their support and guidance to the show, were also present at the fair.

"Our focus is on empowering national youth. We believe in a holistic approach, where aspects like education, training, recruitment and retention are fully covered. The government, educational institutions and private sector will have to work hand-in-hand to ensure that Emiratis get the right training, job opportunities and career growth," said Mr Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah

Exhibitors are also offering several training and skill enhancement programmes for national graduates to prepare them to join the workforce and help them grow in their careers. Additional activities like workshops, counselling and discussion sessions are introducing them to what a career in the private sector or a government job can offer in terms of pay, incentives and growth opportunities.

The show is being held at the Expo Centre Sharjah from February 11 to 13 and admission is restricted only to UAE nationals. The show will be open from 10am to 8pm on February 11 and 12 and from 4pm to 8pm only on February 13. Exclusive ladies timings are from 10am to 2pm on February 12.

dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com

At a glance

National Career Exhibition

Expo Centre Sharjah

February 12: Exclusive for ladies, 10am to 2pm

February 12: 2am to 8pm

February 13: 4pm to 8pm

International Education Show

Expo Centre Sharjah

February 12: Boys only, from 9am to 2pm

February 12: 5pm to 9pm

February 13: 4pm to 9pm

Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi during the opening ceremony of the International Education Show 2015 at Expo Centre in Sharjah on Wednesday. -- KT photos by M. Sajjad

Visitors check out the jobs on offer at the National Career Exhibition.

Education in UAE attractive, affordable

sharjah -- The International Education Show, which has got under way at Expo Centre Sharjah on Wednesday is set to cement the standing of the UAE as one of the fastest growing higher education markets in the world.

The country is home to close to 40 branch campuses of leading international universities, delivering the same quality of education as the institution from which it was spawned at a much affordable cost.

His Highness Shaikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Ruler of Sharjah and UAE Supreme Council Member, opened the three-day International Education Show featuring some of the best foreign and local educational institutions, with a special focus on India.

"The UAE is now a formidable player in the field of higher education, thanks to the unlimited support from the country's leaders. The country today is one of the most attractive education destinations in the world. It is also the least expensive to pursue a university education compared to some of the hot destinations across the world," said Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah.

A study by HSBC has revealed that the cost of studying in the UAE amounts to an average of $27,375 per year including university fees and living expenses, while for tertiary heavyweights like Australia it is $42,093, the USA $36,564; the UK $35,045; and Canada US$29,947. According to Unesco Institute of Statistics, the UAE also has around 34,122 inbound students against 7,719 outbound students, reinforcing the country's status as one of most sought-after education destinations. Inbound students are overseas students studying in the country while outbound students are those from the UAE studying abroad.

At $5,642, India is the least expensive foreign destination for university undergraduate students among the list of 15 countries in the HSBC study and the Great India Education Fair being held alongside the International Education Show is helping students connect with Indian educational institutions directly.

"We have tied up with AFAIRS Exhibitions & Media of India for the third year running to host the Great India Education Fair, which is featuring nearly 60 educational institutions from India," added Midfa.

The Great India Education Fair is showcasing some of the premier Indian universities, colleges and higher education institutions, offering varied academic, professional and vocational programmes.

"Indian B-Schools offer an unrivalled opportunity for those looking to learn within an emerging economy. Engineering, medical, biotech, agricultural/veterinary and fashion and design technology are also popular courses of study in India," said Sanjeev Bolia, Founder and Managing Director of Afairs Exhibitions and Media Pvt. Ltd.

The Expo Centre, Sharjah, has partnered with Al Haitham Exhibitions and Conferences Organisers aimed at boosting international participation at the show. National Qualifications Authority is the gold sponsor. The exhibition is open until February 13 at Expo Centre, Sharjah. Timing are from 9am to 2pm and 5pm to 9pm on February 12 and 4pm to 9pm on February 13. Girls had a special timing on Wednesday while it's boys only timing from 9am to 2pm today.

dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com

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