17 November, 2009

Emiratis blacklisted over job-hunting attitudes

I guess this might be a good step forward:
"More than 500 Emirati job seekers have been placed on a blacklist designed to combat lax work attitudes that include refusing a number of employment offers.

Al Mulla added that other job seekers had been blacklisted for not attending interviews and citing reasons such as not being able to wear a uniform or inability to work shifts as an excuse for turning down jobs.
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The pros are realizing that Emiratis should take more jobs in every sector, rather than wanting to be "boss". Nothing wrong with aiming for the top, but if the UAE wants to truly step towards having its citizens take over, they have to be willing to work everywhere.

On the flip side, forcing people to take jobs within a certain amount of interviews seems a bit much. I would not like to be forced to take the next job available simply because I may exceed the allowable limit and get blacklisted.

What do you think?

15 comments:

rosh said...

You know, I read that on GN, and didn't know what to make of it. I realize there are / maybe folks who just want certain jobs they fancy, however, I know (more than) a few in the job market seeking a decent pay / job. A good friend / Sharjawi, quit her bank job, 9 months ago. Her bosses (don't wish to name the nationalities) made sure they worked her to the bone and then some -- no vacation / personal time off in the 2 1/2 yrs she'd been at the bank. She quit, though she had an o/s loan of about Dhs200K. She is in the job market, last I heard. Anyhooo, I hope people don't take certain pleasures for granted in the current world economy.

Al-ain Rose said...

Wasta rocks!

Anonymous said...

Emiratisation is also about feeling a sense of ownership about your country. I hear a lot of Emiratis, poor and rich, powerful and ordinary citizens, complain about the fact that they feel like aliens in their own country.

But to own a place, a home or a country you need to not think anything is beneath you.

I'd like to see Emiratis driving cabs, being toilet attendants, driving trucks, working as nannies, cooks, working in the construction sector at all levels... When you have that you will not need an Emiratisation drive. Not because you need to force people to hire them but because they will seen as capable and willing.

Will that happen? I can already see 50 people pouncing on me for saying something like that.

In my home, we do all this, despite having servants.

When you do that in a country you automatically have a fairer working culture because from grassroots above you have an idea of what it is like... You create a citizenary that is truly independent because they are not scared of any job in the world.

Volmod said...

Al-ain Rose said;

Wasta rocks!

But how does that help the country in the long run? It's like, you can keep trying to push water up hill or go with the flow with the rest of the world. Which one of it, is it going to be?

On the other hand -- Anonymous at 17 November, 2009 17:53 -- has presented a good # of eye openers. And it'd be interesting to read comments by you or any other Emiratis' that post here!

Dana said...

I agree with both anons.

I would like to do a "mediocre" job, because a job is a job, no matter which way you look at it. It would get me off my lazy ass. You make an *excellent* point, anon @ 17.

I really wish that the youth of this country (me included) were not so narrow minded and snobby.

Dana said...

In our defense though, keep in mind that the UAE is still developing. I have every faith the nationals will work as taxi drivers, bathroom attendants and the like *one day*.

Also keep in mind that we are the minority in this country. It's not really Arab mentality that is to blame here. If you look at Bahrain and Oman, places which are densely populated with Arabs, you will see the nationals of their countries working as taxi drivers and hotel concierges.

Khalood said...

"In our defense though, keep in mind that the UAE is still developing. I have every faith the nationals will work as taxi drivers, bathroom attendants and the like *one day*.

Also keep in mind that we are the minority in this country. It's not really Arab mentality that is to blame here. If you look at Bahrain and Oman, places which are densely populated with Arabs, you will see the nationals of their countries working as taxi drivers and hotel concierges."

Exactly! It's just a matter of time. Opportunities are constantly shrinking; job availabilities are not as widespread as it was 20 years ago. I really can envision that high school drop-outs with no academic background would work just the jobs they deserve ... janitors, bus drivers, and fast food deliverers.

Volmod said...

Dana:

I admired the way you began your second comment -- In our defense though -- instead of jumping the gun. Did anyone tell you that you're way too balanced & levelheaded for your age? That aside, I'll add that the youth here should not wait for that all too familiar a phrase 'when push comes to shove' to take on the challenge of putting the UAE on the map (yes the real map, Young Lady, not the glamor kind)!

I'll refrain from making a limp effort in highlighting at length -- as this has already been put up, discussed, & debated in this forum -- that the Government is the root cause for the lethargism prevailing amongst the Youth in this Country. Having said that, I strongly believe & endorse that it's upto an individual to chart the course of their lives and not be dependant on another, be that an individual or the State. Please feel free to counter me and I'll stand corrected.

Now, the whole objective of this discussion is not to address the preparedness in an unpredictable -- *one day* -- eventuality but rather, would the native Youth in this Country consider themselves ready if presented with a challenge tomorrow?

EnglishTeacher365 said...

As long as the UAE state continues to overpay its own nationals for doing non-jobs, there will be no queue of Emiratis to join the private sector.

They would rather sit on their uneducated butts and complain that nobody wants to pay them 20,000/- a month for doing almost nothing - it's much easier that way, and somebody just might take notice/pity and give them a job.

But I doubt it. This state has spoilt its own people for too long, and they won't give up their 'entitlement' to easy money without some sort of a struggle!

Jules said...

bad idea : (

BuJ said...

good post.

Lirun said...

people around the world are talking about a dubai meltdown.. are there jobs to be offered at all? is the melt down really happening or is the world just being a bit cruel..

Anonymous said...

Lirun,

On the sidebar, there are many new posts that should feed your curiosity.

Happy reading.

Anonymous said...

Would be great to hear anecdotal stuff about this meltdown. Is someone working with one of the majors? What is happening in offices? Has someone's promotion or new job been halted? Or does everyone agree that it is a storm in a teacup? Does anyone own property in Dubai, Dubai World? Did you notice any glitches?

Everyone's talking about transparency... I think the panic is overdone. People in Dubai need to contribute to stemming misinformation. That can only happen if you tell it like it is....

Lirun said...

cant see anything about the recent developments.. and cant understand why.. it seems huge in the global media - isnt this something someone wants to talk about? anyone? :s

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