Google eases job search in Arab world

Google recently launched Maharat min Google, a digital skills training program for Arabic speakers.
Updated 11 September 2018
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Google eases job search in Arab world

Google has announced the launch of a new feature on its Search homepage and app that allows people to look for jobs available right on the main Search results page.

Starting Monday, users will find a series of results from across the web on the main Google Search results page, after entering a job-related query in Arabic (example: “marketing jobs in Riyadh”). The results will include details under each job position like salary information, reviews and ratings of the employer as well as different options to apply for a job, or use a location filter to see jobs in the areas that are convenient for the user. 

“Connecting people with the right job opportunities that match their skills and interests is an extension of Google’s mission to organize the world’s information and make it accessible to everyone. 

This new feature on Google Search builds on the great work being done by regional job portals in connecting people with the right career opportunities through aggregating all the opportunities available across several portals, allowing job seekers to better connect with the breadth of opportunities available on the web,” said Tarek Abdalla, Google’s regional head of marketing in the Middle East and North Africa. 

He added: “We are proud of the progress and evolution of Search in the Arab world, with this new feature being the latest in a string of updates we’ve launched to adapt to our users’ needs in the region.” 

Google partnered with 11 local and regional job portals from across the Middle East and North Africa, which include Bayt, WUZZUF, Forasna, Emploitic, Novojob, Rekrute, Jobzella, Wzayef, Akhtaboot, Laimoon, and GulfTalent. 

Omar Tahboub, general manager, Bayt.com: “We are delighted to partner with Google to empower more job seekers to find opportunities from the thousands of jobs available on Bayt.com. Every month, over 4 million people land on our site from Google, in their search for a better career, and searching for a job can highly benefit from a streamlined and distinct experience that begins right on the search results page.”

Ameer Sherif, CEO of BasharSoft, said: “As owner of Egypt’s leading job sites, both WUZZUF and Forasna have always been able to attract users through Google’s organic search. Now, with Google indexing structured job details, we expect that the job search experience would be significantly improved and richer for job seekers.” 

The new feature builds on Maharat min Google, Google’s digital skills building program launched earlier this year to equip Arabic-speakers with the essential skills designed to help their careers and businesses through online courses and certification. 

Google Trends data indicates that there has been a consistent growth in the number of job-related queries conducted in Arabic. The data also indicates that search interest in jobs often spikes in the summer months, as shown by data from 2017. 

In the UAE, jobs in education, nutrition, and travel trended the most in 2017. In Saudi Arabia, civil service, journalism, and the public sector were the highest on the list. 


Emirates NBD opens branch in Alkhobar

Updated 20 September 2018
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Emirates NBD opens branch in Alkhobar

Emirates NBD, a banking group in the Middle East, has expanded its presence in the Kingdom with the opening of its first branch in Alkhobar in the Eastern Province. Emirates NBD now covers three key regions in Saudi Arabia with a presence in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar. 

As Saudi Arabia progresses plans for economic reform, in line with its Vision 2030, Emirates NBD’s presence builds on the growing economic and trade ties between Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Following the establishment of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council, the UAE and Saudi Arabia recently announced The Strategy of Resolve, a joint vision for economic development through 44 joint strategic projects within a five-year time frame. 

UAE-based Emirates NBD is the first non-Saudi bank with a significant branch network across the Kingdom. The bank offers retail, private, business and wholesale banking across its network of three full-fledged branches in the Kingdom, in addition to corporate finance advisory, project and syndicated finance through Emirates NBD Capital KSA, the bank’s investment banking arm.

Emirates NBD also operates in Egypt, India, Singapore, and the UK with representative offices in China and Indonesia. 

“Our presence in Saudi is integral to Emirates NBD’s growth strategy as we continue to explore opportunities in the GCC region’s largest and most dynamic economy,” said Hesham Abdulla Al-Qassim, vice chairman and managing director of Emirates NBD. 

“Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a landmark economic transformation and we look forward to continuing to support Saudi individuals and businesses looking for a trusted banking partner.” 

Emirates NBD recently renewed its partnership with the Kingdom’s Kafalah Program, which aims to promote financing to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) within the country.

Loai Abduljawad, CEO of Emirates NBD KSA, said: “Emirates NBD’s expanded network strengthens our offering to individuals and corporates in Saudi Arabia looking to invest and trade across the MENA region and beyond. Our superior value proposition, built on the bank’s unique ‘high tech + high touch’ philosophy of offering customers a modern banking experience complemented by personalized advisory services, will enable us to strengthen customer acquisition in the Kingdom as we continue to support the country’s long-term growth and development goals, as outlined in Saudi Vision 2030.” 

Emirates NBD is a leading banking group in the region. As of June 30, 2018, its total assets were 477.5 billion dirhams, ($130 billion). The group has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry, with over 90 percent of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. The bank was declared the “Most Innovative Financial Services Organization of the Year” at the 2017 BAI Global Innovation Awards.