A day in Dubai just wouldn’t be a day without reading the words ‘the world’s biggest’ so thanks go to Al Habtoor City for doing the honours today.
But to be fair to the Dubai project, which proclaims that it is ‘the world’s biggest residential and hospitality development under construction’, it is embarking on a massive talent hunt as seeks to employ thousands of people.
Today the Al Habtoor Group said recruitment teams are hiring locally and abroad to ensure a diverse mix of nationalities and skillsets at The City, due to open later this year.
In his statement Al Habtoor Group Chairman Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor said the project would be hiring people from around two thirds of the nations on earth.
Those weren’t his exact words, his exact words were: “There will be about thousands of staff in Al Habtoor City. It will be buzzing with activity. The jobs will include everything from reception staff to General Managers. In addition there will be aquatic coaches and various artists. There is a diverse mix of opportunities.
“Because of the nature of the varied roles we will be hiring locally and internationally to ensure we get the best people for the job. We are anticipating at least 125 different nationalities working at Al Habtoor City. There will be a big focus on GCC nationals – including Emiratis to fulfill our Emiratisation program and ensure locals play an active role in our economy.”
Quick maths, 196 countries in the world (counting Taiwan), 125 nationalities is just shy of the 130 countries that would constitute a full ‘two-thirds’ but it’s close enough for us.
The company statement added that there will be more than 150 staff employed by Dragone, the world’s leading cultural creation company, for the exclusively choreographed water themed theatrical production within Al Habtoor City. This will include artists, crew and show management.
In addition, said the statement, Al Habtoor City employs approximately 5,000 construction workers, and once complete there will be multiple jobs available in the restaurants along the marina and boulevard, as well as contractors for security and valet roles.
Al Habtoor City is a multi-use development featuring three five-star Starwood
hotels, a St. Regis, a W and The Westin, alongside three residential towers.
The City, which sits alongside the upcoming Dubai Water Canal, will also feature a tennis academy, a European-style boulevard lined with retail outlets, a marina and multiple restaurants.