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In 2016: 16 Jobs for People Who Don’t Like Stress

Posted by Reem Boudraa January 27, 2016 0 Comment

Finding a job where stress is rarely an issue is the goal of many job seekers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and 88.3% of them would go as far as changing jobs in order to improve their work-life balance, as revealed in the “Work-Life Balance in the MENA” poll, September 2012. […]

Is Your Salary One of the Top 50 Salaries of 2015?

Posted by Reem Boudraa December 30, 2015 2 Comments

With a stable economy and political environment and two cities ranking as the top cities in the Middle East to live and work, it comes as no surprise that the UAE offers some of the highest salaries in the world. And while salaries in the UAE are above regional levels, 64% of respondents in the […]

First Jobs for Young Women in the Middle East and North Africa [WHITE PAPER]

Posted by Reem Boudraa November 24, 2015 0 Comment

Studies have shown, time and time again, that young women entering the labor market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are disadvantaged in comparison to their male peers. Of female youth actively seeking work, 43.9 percent are currently unemployed, twice the male youth unemployment rate at 22.9 percent (ILO, 2014). Although the average woman […]

What Is the State of Entrepreneurs in the Middle East?

Posted by Reem Boudraa November 11, 2015 0 Comment

After the Arab Spring, entrepreneurship has been repeatedly hailed as the way out of the job crisis in the Middle East region – a region characterized by the highest youth unemployment rate in the world. In a newly released survey by, the Entrepreneurship in the Middle East 2015 Survey, we shed light on the many factors […]

The Best Cities in the Middle East to Live in, Make Money and Find a Job

Posted by Reem Boudraa October 8, 2015 2 Comments

When it comes to life in the Middle East, opinions diverge. If you head to Dubai or Abu Dhabi or Doha or Muscat, you will get a rosy account of life there from the many expatriates who left their home countries to build a better life for themselves and their families. But head to less […]

5 Things You Need to Know Before Asking for a Pay Raise

Posted by Reem Boudraa May 13, 2015 1 Comment

Have you ever wondered why some people earn more than others in similar job roles or companies? Or why some employees get a higher raise than others when they put less effort into their job? Here’s a bitter truth for you: A first-rate performance at work will not necessarily guarantee you the salary you deserve. […]

How to Find a Job in Saudi Arabia

Posted by Reem Boudraa September 23, 2014 0 Comment

Saudi Arabia has always been one of the most attractive countries in the Middle East to live and work. In particular, Riyadh is considered to have the highest possibility of employment in the region ahead of many other cities, with 49% of respondents saying that the availability of jobs in Riyadh is either ‘good’ or […]

You’ll never guess where money in the Middle East goes

Posted by Reem Boudraa June 15, 2014 2 Comments

36% of people in the Middle East save nothing from their salary. You’ve read that right – a third of us aren’t able to save a dime. According to the MENA Salary Survey 2014, an overwhelming 86% of respondents in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region claim that the cost of living […]

10 Ways People in the Arab World Use the Internet

Posted by Reem Boudraa May 20, 2014 0 Comment

While internet users in the Arab world today make up less than 0.5% of the global internet population, they have been growing at a faster than average rate. Today, our research indicates that the internet penetration rate in the Arab region as a whole stands at 36% (compared to a global average of 40% of […]

Five Reasons to Be Optimistic about the MENA’s Economy

Posted by Reem Boudraa April 14, 2014 0 Comment

As a graduate student, I was taught to think critically and always look at the gloomy side of things. A hypothesis was always wrong until proven otherwise; a conclusion was always incomplete; and your paper always had to have a section for ‘future’ work, work that you weren’t able to finish because of time or […]

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