Al-Habtoor Group holds Emirati recruitment open day

Founding Chairman of the Group Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor
Updated 01 October 2019

Al-Habtoor Group holds Emirati recruitment open day

Al-Habtoor Group (AHG) is holding an open day for the recruitment of Emiratis on Oct. 3. AHG is looking to fill more than 200 vacancies with Emirati candidates, ranging from top C-suite to entry-level positions across group divisions — hospitality, real estate, automotive, vehicle leasing, education and the head office.

The event will be held at the Hilton Dubai Al-Habtoor City at the Al-Joud ballroom from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MOHRE), and with Dubai College of Tourism, and Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT).

In line with the “Letter of the New Season” of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, to boost Emiratization across the UAE, AHG has actively boosted the hiring of Emiratis in recent weeks, providing the new recruits with necessary on-the-job training and guidance to enhance their skills and help them blend into the work environment at AHG.

Founding Chairman of the Group Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor said: “We want to encourage more Emiratis to work in the private sector and are committed to sharing with them our experiences and knowledge. They are the future of the UAE. The private sector will provide them with great exposure and learning opportunities, and I am counting on them to work hard, hand in hand with their colleagues, and to learn and excel in their chosen fields.”

He added: “I have instructed the teams across the group to ensure that Emiratis joining our Al-Habtoor Group family are provided with all the support they need to succeed and grow within our companies. Our Emiratization strategy will provide nationals with learning, development and an encouraging work culture to help them reach their potential.”

Mohammed Al-Habtoor, vice chairman and CEO of AHG, said: “We are committed to increasing Emiratization across the different units of the group, and have already welcomed the first batch of new Emirati recruits in the past weeks. I encourage nationals to come to the open day, as the available opportunities are for all levels of education and experience.”

At the recruitment event, nationals interested in joining AHG will be aided in filling up application forms and guided to the relevant AHG units, according to their areas of professional interest. On-the-spot interviews will be conducted to shortlist the best candidates for the positions available.


AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

Updated 20 January 2020

AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

In partnership with AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) hosted an educational workshop to encourage more of its students to enter pharmaceutical careers after graduation. The workshop offered unique insights into the scientific role of a pharmacist to more than 100 male and female students from the university. 

Dr. Hani Asfour, dean of the College of Pharmacy at KAU, said: “It was a rewarding experience to see our students participate in this workshop for the first time. With the support of AbbVie, our students were able to learn more about the promising careers which await them in the pharmaceutical sector. They are now extremely eager and excited about their future prospects. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.” 

Ashraf Daoud, general manager of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “At AbbVie, we are proud to continue investing in the Saudi national pharmacists of tomorrow. Through our many partnerships with local universities, such as KAU, we are highly dedicated to supporting the Kingdom’s goals, as expressed in Vision 2030, and helping our aspiring Saudi pharmacists in reaching their full potential.” 

The workshop covered topics such as an overview of the pharmaceutical industry landscape, the importance of the medical representative role, key marketing concepts in pharma, as well as tips and advice on how to write a CV and prepare for interviews. Students also had the opportunity to speak to the AbbVie in-field team of pharmacists who answered their career questions and queries.

Khaled Fageha, HR director of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “As a global pharmaceutical company, there is an ever-growing need to attract the brightest Saudi talent and increase the talent pool of pharmacists. There is so much potential in the Kingdom, which we are always striving to unlock at AbbVie. Through initiatives like this, we are able to equip students across Saudi Arabia with the tools and knowledge to help them thrive in the health care industry, as well as ignite their passion for a career in pharmacy.”

Students said they found the workshop informative. “I’ve always been passionate about a role in pharmacy, but I was a bit unsure about what awaits after graduation. Thanks to this workshop, I was able to hear about the exciting prospects of working at a pharmaceutical company, such as AbbVie. I was able to ask all my questions, and now I am excited to continue working hard so I can begin my journey as a pharmacist,” said Sondos Alkhthlan, a student.

Another student, Nawaf Alharthi said: “This was an engaging workshop which has cemented my interest in becoming a pharmacist after graduating from KAU.”