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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 […]

REVEALED: Employers in MENA are looking for entry-level professionals

Posted by Reem Boudraa March 17, 2014 1 Comment

If you’re graduating soon then you should rejoice as the majority of employers in the Middle East and North Africa region are looking for entry-level professionals. Indeed, the latest Middle East Job Index Survey – February 2014 shows that hiring trends in the next three and 12 months will be mostly toward the younger […]

Women in the MENA have never been better

Posted by Reem Boudraa March 6, 2014 0 Comment

As we celebrate the 106th annual International Women’s Day this Saturday, March 8th, we have an opportunity to applaud some of the accomplishments, successes, and milestones of women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Today, women in the MENA are increasingly occupying senior positions, even in traditionally male-dominated roles and industries. We have […]

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