Highlighting its commitment to Dubai’s female workforce and supporting the UAE’s national agenda to achieve gender balance in the workplace, Dubai Airports has introduced new career development programmes for Emirati women in managerial and internship positions.
At a dedicated event held on the third Emirati Women’s Day, Dubai Airports revealed its ‘Aspiring Women’s Programme’, which targets female Emirati managers and is designed to further develop high-performing Emirati women into future leaders of the company.
Women participating in the nine-month programme will benefit from leadership coaching, taking on workplace challenges, educational workshops and support. Upon completion, participants will receive a professional certification recognised by the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Today, Dubai Airports employs over 200 Emirati Women, 32 per cent of whom are in leadership positions. The company aims to boost this figure over the coming years.
Adding to this, Dubai Airports is working hard in other areas to support and empower Emirati women. It prioritises UAE nationals in recruitment processes and is launching a new external career portal in Arabic this month. The company has also enhanced its family-friendly working environment with extended maternity leave and increased nursing hours. It is also offering exclusive opportunities for UAE nationals to pursue higher education by offering scholarships and study leave.
Meanwhile, a total of 76 per cent of applicants to Dubai Airports’ internship scheme are Emirati women, who wish to gain experience in various departments including HR and development, finance, health and safety, and corporate assurance.
The company has joined forces with two leading universities in the UAE, Higher Colleges of Technology and Zayed University, and the internship scheme runs over three months, with students gaining university credits as well as valuable industry experience.
Executive vice president of human resources and development, Dubai Airports, Ann-Marie Campbell declared: “We are delighted to launch DA’s Aspiring Women Course and believe this programme will harness the potential of the many dynamic Emirati women in our organisation. “The passion and commitment of Emirati women who strive to exceed in their professional lives is truly inspirational and is sure to enhance their professional careers and the future of this great country,” she added.