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. 


Riyadh hotel hosts Chinese Food Festival

The festival is offering an assortment of Chinese food, such as kung pao, xiaomian, in addition to other famous dishes and beverages.
Updated 17 October 2018
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Riyadh hotel hosts Chinese Food Festival

Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski is currently hosting the Chinese Food Festival at its Aroma restaurant in Riyadh. The event, which runs until Oct. 27, is offering an assortment of Chinese food, such as kung pao, xiaomian, in addition to other famous dishes and beverages. 

Chef Ricky Hung, who flew to the Kingdom all the way from Kempinski Hotel Xiamen, China, for the Chinese Food Festival, said that he will accommodate Saudi dining tastes, and will introduce the Chinese cuisine to the hotel’s guests in an innovative way. He said he expects to attract the attention of all gourmet lovers and encourage them to attend the festival.

Chef Jackie Kwan, who also came from the Kempinski Hotel Xiamen in China, said that he would use his vast experience in preparing a Chinese buffet offering a variety of authentic Chinese cuisine, as well as the most famous desserts.

Last year’s Chinese festival at Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski was a hit among the guests, who especially loved the live-cooking station, appetizers, main dishes, desserts and beverages. 

The hotel management said that it will continue to present many surprises for the guests.

Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski comprises 23 floors and is a 25-minute drive from King Khaled International Airport. Guests can enjoy the best views of the city from its 349 luxury guest rooms and suites and a variety of dining experiences in its three restaurants and three cafés and lounges. Conference facilities and a ballroom can accommodate up to 2,000 guests.