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Job demand in UAE

Searching job in UAE (especially in Dubai) is really a tough ask for those who are ill prepared and not familiar with ground realities. Market demand need to be gauged before diving into this market for which latest trends and requirements needs to be analyzed.

Construction Industry jobs

At present there is a strong demand of labor especially related to construction field. Companies having expertise in construction and allied businesses need to prepare and establish themselves in UAE. The reason for expected boom is extra ordinary civil and electrical work planned for infrastructure development of Dubai for Expo 2020. This means that from 2014 we are looking at continuous six years of extra ordinary activity in construction sector. People who wish to cash this opportunity need to learn skills and acquire certifications necessary to fit themselves in such jobs.

Job skills for certified supervisors, foremen, draftsmen, welders, electricians, crane operators, heavy machine operators and drivers will be in great demand. This is to be noted that this is a good opportunity for companies in the manpower supply business as they will be getting ample orders in coming year.

Hospitality Industry jobs

This is expected that from 2014 a lot of companies will be coming to UAE to explore business opportunities. There will be extra ordinary load on travel industry as lot of meetings, seminars and activities are expected which requires regular need of hotels and apartments. UAE has a number of hospitality related avenues like hotels, hotel apartments, restaurants, rent a car, food deliveries, wellness centers, health/fitness facilities. People associated with hospitality industry need to upgrade themselves for such kind of jobs. The main preference is personality and communication skills as lot many foreigners are expected, proficiency in English is a must.

Experience of working in any renowned international chain will be an added advantage. This is expected that hospitality related job will see steep rise by the end of 2014 so there is plenty of time to prepare and get ample experience.

Security and People Management

With a lot of business activities expected, there will surely be huge demand for security personnel. Security Guards and Facility supervisors with knowledge of latest security gadgets will be needed for such jobs. Companies associated with CCTV and allied monitoring systems will be doing good business. This also means that people associated with installation and maintenance of such systems will also be in great demand. Furthermore, private security guards would be needed in large numbers in hotels, apartments, malls and in live events.

People with proper built and physique would be in great demand. Prior experience would be required to control masses in professional manner.

Part 2 – Coming soon

December 26, 2013 Posted by | Human Capital Growth, Jobs, UAE, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Dubai Driving License – A tough ask even for experienced drivers

When I came to UAE I heard much negative news about difficulties in getting driving license. After spending couple of months I decided to go for it as I was confident since I was driving for more than 20 years. First of all I surveyed regarding available training institutes and found three of the following as reliable and having good market reputation.

1-      Emirates Driving Institute

2-      Belhasa Driving Institute

3-      Galadari Driving Institute

You may see most of the training vehicles of above mentioned companies on the road. Since I was working in Al-Qusais area, I had equal reach to all of the above due their yards/facilities located nearby. Even then, I preferred Belhasa which was having a branch office fairly close to my office. The other reason behind selection was one of my neighbor who claimed that he got license in his first test attempt.

After taking admission, I was very upset for almost a month as my classes were not scheduled because of unavailability of instructor/vehicle on my required timeslot. Although Belhasa staff members Rahul and Ashis were very cooperative, but it took almost 4 weeks to initiate classes.

When I reached Belhasa’s training facility on first day of theory class, I was impressed with the number of vehicles and covered area of the facility. Instructors were smart and delivered lectures with utmost dedication.

After theory class, I was told to appear in a signal test which was taken on PC the next day with MCQ style questions. I passed that quite easily as the concepts and road signs and symbols were amply taught in theory class.

My classes were finally schedule and my Instructor was Mr. Sher Ali Khan who was a fairly nice guy with lot of patience and dedication. I faced difficulty only because I had vast experience of driving Right Hand Drive cars but here I had to switch my mind to Left Hand Drive. Furthermore, Dubai is a very difficult city to drive car due to extreme high speed traffic sometimes running around  80 – 120 Kmh requiring extreme perfection from driver. Roads are well marked and signs are fairly visible everywhere. With not so strict background, you need to tune yourself to full law abiding driver.

I must say that my trainer was excellent as he spent a lot of time on key areas which were necessary for passing tests. After taking approx. 30 classes I passed internal road test and was ready for first RTA Test,

Believe me, I was so confident that I would make it in first go, but all those who were giving test with me ware saying that it is impossible as this is not the habit of RTA to pass in first attempt. When I went for test I was happy that all was going well but suddenly I made a silly mistake due to my background of Right Hand Driving, and the instructor immediately told to stop the car. I failed the first attempt and was scratching my head because of such a stupid mistake.

After taking additional classes as per rule, I was again ready for second attempt. This time I was too cautious and again failed because test taker was not happy about my extreme caution and slow speed. Now I started to think that people were correct about stories of 7 to 8 attempts.

I took a last chance and once again started training as per rule. This time I told my instructor to just concentrate on nearby areas of the yard as the test takers roam around area of 1 to 2 km and I need to be perfect in these areas. I spent plenty of time in nearby areas and was finally ready for my third attempt.

On the test day I was praying that this time test taker should be a good one who can give ample driving time to me. Luckily this time I tried to be composed and did what was told and maintained my speed as per road instructions. I was told at the end of the test that I had cleared the same. I was very happy that in minimal attempts as per Dubai standards, I managed to get driving license which is absolutely necessary for such a large and stretched city.

I would like to thank Belhasa staff especially Ashis and Rahul and above others, my instructor Mr. Sher Ali Khan for helping and guiding me.

January 30, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Star Debutant Cricketers of Pakistan – We must respect these players and give fair chances to prove their mettle.

Star Debutant Cricketers of Pakistan – We must respect these players and give fair chances to prove their mettle..

January 21, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 – Prediction for Team and Individual Performances

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 – Prediction for Team and Individual Performances.

January 18, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Prediction for ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 – ICC’s Prime Event

Prediction for ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 – ICC’s Prime Event.

January 17, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Star Debutant Cricketers of Pakistan – We must respect these players and give fair chances to prove their mettle.

This is understood that a debut in International Cricket especially in Test Cricket is something full of pressures. A cricketer needs to be extra ordinary strong to counter all those feelings that can hamper his performance. Pakistan’s cricket is always lucky to have regular bunches of talent always lined up and knocking doors of international cricket. This is unfortunately true that due to inconsistence policies of Pakistan Cricket Board, negative influences, lobbying and players grouping, most of the talented debutants were not given fair chances to prove their mettle.

This is also visible that most of these Star Debutants are still playing well in domestic circuits but never recalled for reasons best known to our cricket board. Following record indicate that most of the star debutants turned out to be the best players of Pakistan cricket. I feel that this is high time that our media and those exercising influence on Pakistan Cricket Board should advocate the idea of bringing back most of them or at least give them another chance to cement their place in the team.

Pakistan Cricket Board should also adopt a proper rotation policy to give fair chances to all talented players being overlooked even after their best performances in domestic season. One of the star debutant Ali Naqvi is still scoring runs in domestic circuit, was never recalled after his brilliant debut. This is really disappointing for such a talented-player who deserve proper place in the team.

After careful analysis of the record appended with this article we can clearly see that new talent like Fawad Alam was merely given three tests although he performed well in all forms of the game. Yasir Hameed is constantly overlooked and Taufeeq Umar was finally recalled after such a long gap. I must say that Pakistan Cricket Board should adopt a properly formulated policy where top performers of domestic circuit become automatically eligible for selection in the national team. The inconsistence and talent killing policy will result in loosing top talent of Pakistan Cricket.

Fawad Alam

Star Debutant

Star Debutant

Star Debutant

Most Runs in Test Cricket
Player Score   Against Venue Year Career Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave Last Active
Javed Miandad 163   New Zealand Gaddafi Stadium – Lahore 1976 1976-1993 124 189 21 8832 280* 52.57 Retired
Saleem Malik 100 * Sri Lanka National Stadium – Karachi 1982 1982-1999 103 154 22 5768 237 43.69 Retired
Younus Khan 107   Sri Lanka Cricket Stadium – Rawalpindi 2000 2000-2011 66 117 8 5463 313 50.11 2011
Taufeeq Umar 104   Bangladesh Cricket Stadium – Multan 2001 2001-2011 28 52 3 1932 135 39.42 2011
Yasir Hameed 170   Bangladesh National Stadium – Karachi 2003 2003-2011 25 49 3 1491 170 32.41 2010
Azhar Mahmood 128 * South Africa Cricket Stadium – Rawalpindi 1997 1997-2001 21 34 4 900 136 30 2010
Umar Akmal 129   New Zealand University Oval, Dunedin 2009 2009-2011 13 25 2 822 129 35.73 2011
Mohammad Wasim 109 * New Zealand Gaddafi Stadium – Lahore 1996 1996-2000 18 28 2 783 192 30.11 2011
Fawad Alam 168   Sri Lanka P Sara Oval, Columbo 2009 2009-2009 3 6 0 250 168 41.66 2011
Ali Naqvi 115   South Africa Cricket Stadium – Rawalpindi 1997 1997-1998 5 9 1 242 115 30.25 2011
                           
Highest Score on Debut
Player Score   Against Venue Year Career Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave Last Active
Yasir Hameed 170   Bangladesh National Stadium – Karachi 2003 2003-2011 25 49 3 1491 170 32.41 2010
Yasir Hameed 105   Bangladesh National Stadium – Karachi 2003                
Fawad Alam 168   Sri Lanka P Sara Oval, Columbo 2009 2009-2009 3 6 0 250 168 41.66 2011
Javed Miandad 163   New Zealand Gaddafi Stadium – Lahore 1976 1976-1993 124 189 21 8832 280* 52.57 Retired
Umar Akmal 129   New Zealand University Oval, Dunedin 2009 2009-2011 13 25 2 822 129 35.73 2011
Azhar Mahmood 128 * South Africa Cricket Stadium – Rawalpindi 1997 1997-2001 21 34 4 900 136 30 2010
Ali Naqvi 115   South Africa Cricket Stadium – Rawalpindi 1997 1997-1998 5 9 1 242 115 30.25 2011
Mohammad Wasim 109 * New Zealand Gaddafi Stadium – Lahore 1996 1996-2000 18 28 2 783 192 30.11 2011
Younus Khan 107   Sri Lanka Cricket Stadium – Rawalpindi 2000 2000-2011 66 117 8 5463 313 50.11 2011
Taufeeq Umar 104   Bangladesh Cricket Stadium – Multan 2001 2001-2011 28 52 3 1932 135 39.42 2011
Saleem Malik 100 * Sri Lanka National Stadium – Karachi 1982 1982-1999 103 154 22 5768 237 43.69 Retired
                           
Fewest of Opportunities
Player Score   Against Venue Year Career Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave Last Active
Fawad Alam 168   Sri Lanka P Sara Oval, Columbo 2009 2009-2009 3 6 0 250 168 41.66 2011
Ali Naqvi 115   South Africa Cricket Stadium – Rawalpindi 1997 1997-1998 5 9 1 242 115 30.25 2011
Umar Akmal 129   New Zealand University Oval, Dunedin 2009 2009-2011 13 25 2 822 129 35.73 2011
Mohammad Wasim 109 * New Zealand Gaddafi Stadium – Lahore 1996 1996-2000 18 28 2 783 192 30.11 2011
Azhar Mahmood 128 * South Africa Cricket Stadium – Rawalpindi 1997 1997-2001 21 34 4 900 136 30 2010
Yasir Hameed 170   Bangladesh National Stadium – Karachi 2003 2003-2011 25 49 3 1491 170 32.41 2010
Taufeeq Umar 104   Bangladesh Cricket Stadium – Multan 2001 2001-2011 28 52 3 1932 135 39.42 2011
Younus Khan 107   Sri Lanka Cricket Stadium – Rawalpindi 2000 2000-2011 66 117 8 5463 313 50.11 2011
Saleem Malik 100 * Sri Lanka National Stadium – Karachi 1982 1982-1999 103 154 22 5768 237 43.69 Retired
Javed Miandad 163   New Zealand Gaddafi Stadium – Lahore 1976 1976-1993 124 189 21 8832 280* 52.57 Retired
                           
Top Averages
Player Score   Against Venue Year Career Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave Last Active
Javed Miandad 163   New Zealand Gaddafi Stadium – Lahore 1976 1976-1993 124 189 21 8832 280* 52.57 Retired
Younus Khan 107   Sri Lanka Cricket Stadium – Rawalpindi 2000 2000-2011 66 117 8 5463 313 50.11 2011
Saleem Malik 100 * Sri Lanka National Stadium – Karachi 1982 1982-1999 103 154 22 5768 237 43.69 Retired
Fawad Alam 168   Sri Lanka P Sara Oval, Columbo 2009 2009-2009 3 6 0 250 168 41.66 2011
Taufeeq Umar 104   Bangladesh Cricket Stadium – Multan 2001 2001-2011 28 52 3 1932 135 39.42 2011
Umar Akmal 129   New Zealand University Oval, Dunedin 2009 2009-2011 13 25 2 822 129 35.73 2011
Yasir Hameed 170   Bangladesh National Stadium – Karachi 2003 2003-2011 25 49 3 1491 170 32.41 2010
Ali Naqvi 115   South Africa Cricket Stadium – Rawalpindi 1997 1997-1998 5 9 1 242 115 30.25 2011
Mohammad Wasim 109 * New Zealand Gaddafi Stadium – Lahore 1996 1996-2000 18 28 2 783 192 30.11 2011
Azhar Mahmood 128 * South Africa Cricket Stadium – Rawalpindi 1997 1997-2001 21 34 4 900 136 30 2010

This is to be noted that only Umer Akmal and Fawad Alam scored their centuries on debut outside Pakistan. This clearly indicate that both these players are future of Pakistan’s Cricket and must be retained with team for longer period of time.

January 13, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fawad Alam – A talented cricketer dropped from Worldcup Squad 2011 of Pakistan

Fawad Alam – A talented cricketer dropped from Worldcup Squad 2011 of Pakistan.

January 5, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Find Jobs in new markets – Explore new destinations

Find Jobs in new markets – Explore new destinations.

January 4, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Regional Police Network – Proposed Security Solution for Pakistan

Regional Police Network – Proposed Security Solution for Pakistan.

December 12, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dubai Metro, an ideal way to commute.

The people of Pakistan and India especially those living in big cities deserve similar transport facilities like the ones of Dubai. Ideally Metro is a class in its own with hi-tech facility with minimal human intervention is really a wonderful experience.

 In such an expensive city, Dubai Metro will be the preferred way of commuting once all stations are active. I can see that residential apartments close to Metro Stations will gain more popularity in coming days as people will prefer using Metro instead of using their cars. This is obvious that with growing parking problem and increasing parking fee, the best way to have peaceful journey will be Metro.

 The route is already covering major commercial areas and with new stations functional, the residential areas will be linked properly and the rush of cars is likely to reduce. Other countries of the region can benefit from the experience and offer their citizens decent and affordable way to travel.

 This will also reduce pollution, save fuel and make journey faster and cleaner. The efficiency of individuals will also increase as they will be relaxed during their journey instead of being active and alert during their drive. 

I must salute Dubai rulers for giving so much to their citizens. I also found a wonderful introductory video on youtube. com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg_oU_Tnok0 which i wish to share with you all.

April 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment