Success is removing roadblocks and jumping hurdles, according to Alawi Alsaqqaf of Al Qudra Sports Management
Bayt.com recently met with one of the pioneers of the HR industry in the Middle East region. He shares highlights of his career – the ups and downs – and tells us what he thinks of the latest developments in the HR industry in the region. Meet Alawi Alsaqqaf, Manager of HR, PR and Admin at Al Qudra Sports Management.
Who is Alawi Alsaqqaf?
Alawi Alsaqqaf was born in Saudi Arabia. He completed his college education in the US and has been the HR manager of Al Qudra Sports Management since 2008. Mr. Alsaqqaf has over 15 years of experience in the field of Human Resources Management, and has worked in a variety of industries and organizations both internationally and in the UAE.
In his current position, Mr. Alsaqqaf oversees all aspects of the HR, Administrative and Public Relations departments at Al Qudra Sports Management, and is responsible for a team of over 1400 employees. He is also the Chairman of Al Qudra Holding HRnet / ERP Committee. In his spare hours Mr. Alsaqqaf likes to spend time with his family and living his passions which include cooking and poetry.
1. How do you like living and working in your UAE?
UAE in general, and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in particular, are becoming among the liveliest cosmopolitan cities in the world more and more each day. My family and I enjoy living in the UAE. Working here is also a joy as I have to deal with a highly diverse workplace of various ethnicities that enjoy mutual respect and appreciation.
2. What is your average day at work like?
I like to plan my day ahead of time. I manage three divisions: HR, PR and Admin. Every day I have to ensure business is running smooth in all three departments. I make sure I give needed directions, support and motivation to staff members to help them accomplish their daily tasks. I must also be prepared to step in whenever it is required from me to do so. However, and despite daily planning, things may go out of plan and you have to do quick midcourse adjustments to keep things running smoothly. My experience in the UAE has helped me develop the adaptation skills needed to make sure there are contingency plans to be used whenever needed.
3. What is the most important thing your organization looks for in new hires?
Quality. We receive many applications from virtually all over the world. In order for my company to serve its clients with the best quality service, we have to pick the best the labor market can offer and this involves an innovative recruitment process, starting from CV screening, to testing and interviewing, and ending up with hiring.
4. What is the biggest challenge you face in hiring talent?
I think the biggest challenge is sourcing talent and devising rapid ways to reach and hire them while staying within the perimeters of the labor and immigrations laws and procedures.
5. What has been the highlight of your career?
In my industry roadblocks, hurdles or speed bumps are commonly expected. What you need to do in order to succeed is to remove the roadblocks, go around or jump the hurdles, and slowdown at speed bumps. This agility and flexibility is an acquired talent which I believe I have developed here in the UAE.
6. What do you read to keep abreast of industry developments?
I keep myself updated with the latest developments by reading news about HR, recruitment, and the laws and regulations that affect employment and the labor market in the region. I’m fascinated by the new IT-based solutions, so I try to keep myself updated in that field, too. I’m also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
7. How do you think the Middle East has evolved when it comes to HR policies and practices?
The Middle East in general and the UAE in particular are growing very fast. HR policies and practices are also evolving to achieve the required balance for both employers and employees. Fortunately, these policies and practices are focusing more and more on empowering and motivating employees – which is the new global trend.
8. Anything else you’d like to share with our Bayt.com community?
I would like to thank Bayt.com who gave me the opportunity to share my experience with the Bayt.com community of employers and jobseekers. This blog has indeed become a shared knowledge platform we all benefit from.