Abu Dhabi hotel rollout to create hundreds of jobs

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Residents of Abu Dhabi should count themselves lucky as a surge of job opportunities will soon flood the city when the first in a wave of new hotels open their doors to the UAE capital. Four luxury hotels will be launched in November, as well as six more in early 2012, creating a fresh front for job offers in the emirate’s economy.

For a state where tourism accounts for 3.2 per cent of the UAE’s capital GDP, the job capacity provided by the onset of new hotels will definitely aid Abu Dhabi in establishing itself as a global travel hub. With its current record of 1,347,782 guests in the first eight months, it has helped put the emirate back on track with its goal of attracting two million hotel guests in 2011.

However, the swell of job creations may do little to alleviate the issue of Emirati unemployment, as the hospitality market depends largely on expatriate labour, a situation unlikely to change. This is because of the limited demand among locals due to the long hours and low wages of the job – something they are not used to. The government is considering subsidising the wages of Emiratis in private sector roles to close the gap between benefits on offer in government jobs.

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Residents of Abu Dhabi should count themselves lucky as a surge of job opportunities will soon flood the city when the first in a wave of new hotels open their doors to the UAE capital. Four luxury hotels will be launched in November, as well as six more in early 2012, creating a fresh front for job offers in the emirate’s economy.

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Residents of Abu Dhabi should count themselves lucky as a surge of job opportunities will soon flood the city when the first in a wave of new hotels open their doors to the UAE capital. Four luxury hotels will be launched in November, as well as six more in early 2012, creating a fresh front for job offers in the emirate’s economy.

For a state where tourism accounts for 3.2 per cent of the UAE’s capital GDP, the job capacity provided by the onset of new hotels will definitely aid Abu Dhabi in establishing itself as a global travel hub. With its current record of 1,347,782 guests in the first eight months, it has helped put the emirate back on track with its goal of attracting two million hotel guests in 2011.

However, the swell of job creations may do little to alleviate the issue of Emirati unemployment, as the hospitality market depends largely on expatriate labour, a situation unlikely to change. This is because of the limited demand among locals due to the long hours and low wages of the job – something they are not used to. The government is considering subsidising the wages of Emiratis in private sector roles to close the gap between benefits on offer in government jobs.

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