We’re taking a Middle East theme this month.
In July I was fortunate to meet some of the leading media organisations in the Middle East, visiting clients in both Doha and Dubai.
What struck me about the visit (apart from the searing heat) was the high standards and professionalism I witnessed and their desire to be in the ‘best in class’ for everything they did. Be it a Telco moving into the digital services business or a traditional sports broadcaster starting a new football season, the atmosphere was crackling with excitement – and anticipation . Growth in the region can be seen most strikingly at Media City Dubai where from a mere 30 anchor companies – the number of production, broadcast and service industries has rapidly risen to over 1800 in just over 10 years.
In addition to media companies there are also high tech and digital media companies such as Google and LinkedIn, and also ‘knowledge’ centres to help train the media executives of the future. From a talent perspective, both regions are keen to keep up their proportion of native Emirati and Qatari employees but nevertheless the challenge is to find the skills needed for these very new industries. Realistically ex-pat employment is still very much on the agenda and we are delighted to be executive search partners to our clients in this region.
I’d like to thank my hosts in the region for giving me such a warm welcome..
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Lastly, I would like to introduce a new face at Lumina. Matt joined us last month as Research Coordinator, having completed a History degree at Leicester. Matt writes about film for several film websites, and it was this passion that led him to Lumina. He put together this month's issue of Movers & Shakers and would welcome any feedback.