Ninety thousand UAE govt employees to join LinkedIn

Federal Authority for Human Resources and LinkedIn sign deal to get federal government employees onto network

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Ninety thousand UAE govt employees to join LinkedIn (l-r): Ali Matar, Head of LinkedIn Talent Solutions, MENA and HE Dr. Abdulrahman Al Awar, Director General of FAHR.
By  Mark Sutton Published  April 14, 2015

The UAE Federal Authority for Human Resources (FAHR) has signed an MoU with social network LinkedIn, to get 90,000 federal government employees on the network.

FAHR aims to use the insights that LinkedIn is able to provide about the skills and abilities of employees in UAE government departments to build a unique Online Government Skills Bank.

FAHR will work with LinkedIn to get federal government employees onto the network and help them to create their online professional profiles. It is the first partnership of its kind between a government and LinkedIn in the region.

The MoU was signed by HE Dr. Abdulrahman Al Awar, director general of FAHR, and Ali Matar, head of LinkedIn Talent Solutions, MENA.

HE Dr. Al Awar said: "This project will prove to be a vital source of reference and research for us, with LinkedIn's data insights acting as a compass on future trends within the labour market. It will allow us to develop systemised programmes to account for skills trends, and to develop, either through education or training, those talents that are in deficit in our workforce. In addition, we also consider this project as a way to motivate our employees to improve their existing capabilities and gain more skills - particularly around leadership - to create a more diverse, highly-capable working community, while achieving each government entities' goals for their human resources.

"We consider this initiative to be a significant turning point in the UAE government's HR systems, leading to more creative and innovative ways of approaching work and life. We see this as a way to enhance the UAE's leadership position, by bolstering global competitiveness in the field of government and leadership efficiency. With its extensive experience and proven leadership in the field, LinkedIn is the ideal partner for this initiative," he added.

Ali Matar, Head of Talent Solutions, LinkedIn MENA, said: "The UAE Government is leading the way in the region in adopting digital engagement models with their stakeholders. We are proud of the opportunity to work with them to support their digitalisation efforts. With the Federal Authority for Human Resources now bringing more than 90,000 UAE federal government employees online onto LinkedIn, we believe that our platform will drive relevance to the members in newer ways, and directly complement the efforts of the Authority. We will also work closely with the Authority to ensure that all the new members are empowered with the information they need to make the most of their LinkedIn presence.

"Since the recent launch of the Arabic version of LinkedIn, we have seen increased sign-up from the millions of Arabic-speaking professionals around the globe, and we believe it will open up important opportunities to connect to people, knowledge and jobs around the world," Matar added.

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