Dubai Airports Launches Emirati Graduate Development Programme
Titled Masar, Arabic for “Path”, the year-long programme is part of Dubai Airports’ on-going commitment to national development. In its inaugural year, Masar will offer eight Emirati graduates, selected through a stringent merit-based process, an opportunity to acquire skills and hands-on experience in fields as varied as airside operations, engineering services, terminal operations, group strategy, human resources and finance.
UAE nationals are playing an increasingly influential role in the success of Dubai Airports. According to 2011 staff statistics 37 per cent of all employees in supervisory and management grades are UAE nationals while 24 per cent of the total employee base comprises Emiratis. Further some 60 per cent of executive-level managers are Emirati.
“I endorse the approach we are taking by focusing on the development of UAE nationals at the management level to ensure a strong pipeline of talent is available to become our leaders of the future. I am equally pleased with the progress to date,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports.
“Dubai Airports’ HR team has two clear goals: to be the employer of choice in the GCC and to deliver competent people thriving in a great workplace,” said Meshari Al Bannai, Vice President, Human Resources for Dubai Airports. “Masar advances us on both fronts.”
Dubai Airports has already achieved considerable success in this regard, last year being named 2011 Employer of the Year in the 3rd Annual GCC HR Excellence Awards.
Samya Ketait, Vice President of Learning & Development at Dubai Airports, said Masar provides aspiring Emirati students with a unique opportunity to join a dynamic and fast-growing industry.
“Our business is growing rapidly and there is a great opportunity for talented and promising Emirati to build a rewarding career,” said Ketait. “Ultimately, the success of any graduate development programme depends on the selection process. We will be looking for the right values, qualifications and aptitudes to ensure candidates meet the job criteria and will feel at home in an exciting and fast-paced environment.”
Candidates can apply for the programme by registering with Dubai Airports on the company’s websitewww.dubaiairports.ae. Applications will be accepted until March 19, 2012.