The importance to the UAE of its growing aluminium sector was reflected at the Tawdheef 2014 career fair where a record number of applications were received from Emiratis.
More than 1,600 UAE Nationals completed applications to work at Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the jointly-owned, UAE-based aluminium conglomerate to be formed by Mubadala Development Corporation and Investment Corporation of Dubai through the integration of Emirates Aluminium, Emal, and Dubai Aluminium, Dubal.
Saeed Al Mazrooei, CEO, UAE Operations, said, "Emiratisation is at the core of our strategy for an expanding aluminium sector in the UAE. As a main driver for industrial diversification, the aluminium industry is key to providing a prosperous future for the nation. Emirati talent has been at the fore as the UAE established itself as a leading global player. Our goal is to increase, develop and strengthen our distinctive Emirati identity even further. Effective and continuous development, superb career opportunities and high growth of human capital in line with our growth strategy will be fundamental aspects of EGA’s efforts to recruit and retain UAE nationals."
Approximately 7,200 people are currently directly employed across Emal and Dubal. EGA’s expansion plans, locally and across the world, are expected to create an additional 2,000 direct jobs by 2020.
Emiratisation at Emal and Dubal currently stands at around 18 percent. To increase that level, EGA will leverage the successful National Development Programmes in place at Dubal and Emal, whereby young UAE national talent is pro-actively recruited and retained through training, succession planning and professional development. Diverse career opportunities are available across the company ranging from operations to senior management. Training programmes are in place, the completion of which will secure guaranteed employment. In addition, scholarship programmes are in place, enabling UAE national students to attend recognised UAE universities and colleges.
Twadheef 2014, held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 3rd to 5th February, is an important occasion in the UAE calendar, bringing together the country’s leading employers and the best local talent. Emal has been a regular attendee of the event, which last year saw 300 UAE nationals recruited to the company.