Majid Al Futtaim Retail, which operates the Carrefour brand across the Middle East, Africa and Asia won the Sharjah Gulf Localisation Award during the sixth GCC HR & Labour Market Conference. The event was organized by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the presence of senior officials, dignitaries, diplomats and heads of government entities and private companies from the GCC.
The award recognises Majid Al Futtaim’s achievements in hiring and retaining GCC national talent across its Carrefour operations in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain, encouraging them to take up positions in the growing retail industry. Majid Al Futtaim Retail currently employs 125 Emiratis in senior roles in the UAE, in Saudi Arabia the number of Saudi nationals employed at the company has reached 1440, 320 of whom hold leadership positions, while over 1230 Omani, Bahraini and Kuwaiti nationals work at Majid Al Futtaim Retail overall, the company also aims to employ more GCC nationals by next year.
Receiving the award from His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Deputy Chairman of Sharjah Executive Council, was Younis Al Mulla, Senior Vice President – Development at Majid Al Futtaim Retail.
Younis Al Mulla said: “The GCC is full of competent national talent that is highly capable and can contribute positively to the retail sector. Therefore, the attraction and employment of such talent is a priority within Majid Al Futtaim. To achieve this goal, we are working on a range of strategies and partnerships with various government and private entities, universities and training institutes to enhance our position as an attractive brand that invests in local talent as part of our wider goal to create great moments for everyone, every day”.
Majid Al Futtaim is actively supporting the career development of UAE Nationals via several initiatives such as ‘Tumoohi’, a comprehensive entry-level training programme for fresh graduates. Furthermore, the company recently launched Tamkeen, the region’s first fast-track program aimed at growing local talent and helping them unlock their vast potential in the retail industry.