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Call to Share HR Skills and Experiences
Source: Khaleej Times
Source Date: Thursday, October 06, 2011
Country: United Arab Emirates
Created: Oct 06, 2011

The launch of a Dubai Government-sanctioned human resources platform has set the cogs in motion for a week of discussions on global practices across industries.
Speaking at a Press conference announcing the launch of the ‘HR Lighthouse’ on Monday, Amal Mohammed bin Adi, Director-General of the Dubai Government Human Resources Department, emphasised the need for sharing experiences and skills among human resources staff in the public sector. “(The initiative) will play a significant role in offering HR practitioners and decision-makers a platform to network and discuss key issues 
while exchanging views with international experts and specialists,” Adi added.
The HR Lighthouse includes a forum for HR directors and managers from government, government-affiliated and non-government organisations to sharpen Dubai’s competitive edge globally, through case studies and panel discussions on the most effective practices around the world.
“This dialogue aims to continually raise standards of HR practice, further establishing the Emirate of Dubai as a centre of excellence in this area regionally and internationally,” said Adi. With almost 40 departments from various public sector organisations in attendance, the HR Lighthouse may be leaning towards shaping government bodies more than practices in the private sector.
According to Dr Michael Burchell, Partner and Director at the Great Place to Work Institute, practices and policies borrowed from top firms around the world can be applied across industries to bridge the gap between public and private sectors in the UAE. “Government agencies offer stable, well-paid jobs with a lot of opportunities for growth, which is one of the reasons why a larger number of Emiratis prefer employment in the public sector. In order to smoothen the transition in Emiratising the private workforce, the sector needs to be made more attractive through better Human Resource practices,” he told Khaleej Times.
This year, Microsoft Gulf has bagged the top spot on the Great Place to Work UAE list. “By implementing strong internship and mentoring programmes, and by holding career fairs throughout the year, Microsoft has managed to reach and mould the best and brightest UAE nationals, to provide them with the extra edge when competing with a varied talent pool from all over the world. UAE is still a young country and we need to play catch-up in order to hone a globally competitive workforce by learning from the top companies in the world,” he added.
The Lighthouse forum will include highly lauded guest speakers and panelists over the course of the week, including experts from the Europe-based Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and HR ‘guru’ Dave Ulrich. — praseeda@khaleejtimes.com
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