Can you benefit from speaking Arabic fluently? This is one of the oldest languages and represents a unique history and tradition. Today, it is an essential communications tool in many regions including the United Arab Emirates.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and ruler of Dubai, believed that the UAE will be a center of excellence for the Arabic language in the region. So, if you are an expat, living and working in the UAE, you might want to start looking at brushing up your language skills.
– Will allow appreciating and respecting others by sharing words in their mother tongue
– Enables you to communicate with the locals who are very loving and welcoming
– Speaking a language can bring people together
– Learning the language can be extremely useful in building strong and lasting relationships
– Can allow you to understand better Arabs mind frame
– Helps you understand the culture and heritage better and will make your visit a memorable one
Learning Emirati Arabic has transformed my life in the UAE, says Nico de Corato, founder of abudhabiblog.com. In an interview with Hanan Al Fardan, founder of Alramsa institute, Nico agrees that acquiring Arabic and gaining knowledge on Emirati culture can change your life; this is especially true for those residing in UAE where knowing a few general commonly used words in Emirati Arabic can always be helpful. (See: YouTube video on the interview)
A firm believer of the important of immersing yourself in the local culture through the power of language, Nico also edited a unique phrasebook for the Arabic dialect of the Emirates, Spoken Emirati, a dialectal variety of the Arabic language spoken in the United Arab Emirates, and an Italian version, Dialetto Emiratino, together with Hanan Al Fardan and Abdulla Al Kaabi, authors of the original English version.
How can you begin your learning journey? Many training centers offer comprehensive communication courses and language training to individuals and organizations to get you started. Here are some of the many options available:
Arabic Language Course in Dubai at Al Ramsa Institute.
– Offers face-to-face classes (Pick from personalized, private, semi-private, or group courses.) Alternatively, they offer live online classes.
– Provides audio books that make the most of learning Emirati Arabic even when not in class.
– Has many activities to learn Arabic through playing, attending grammar workshops, participating in free sessions, etc. (see: Upcoming events to know specifics)
For more info: Tel+971 52 668 39 55 or +971 4 338 4411; otherwise email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arabic Language Course in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Online at Eton Institute.
– Delivers adult lessons through a classroom-based setting or via online.
– Has Arabic self-study courses.
– Devises tailor-made classes: One-on-one classes with a personal instructor.
– Option to book a private class for a small group of friends or colleagues.
– Offers kids and teens Arabic courses in small groups for ages 7-9, 10-12 and 13-16 years.
– Provides programs for beginners and those who want to take up advanced levels.
– Prepares learners for the Arabic Language Competency Test (ALCT).
Contact Eton Institute (Tel: 800 3866 or +971 4 4386 800 or via its website at https://etoninstitute.com/contact-us) to find info on courses.
As the UAE working population ages, questions arise on around how to fill the many empty jobs that new industries are looking to create. The answer might be in the young talents that are now getting ready to enter the workforce. Today, the challenge is the significant percentage (stands at 34%) of the population that, under the age of 25, is not gainfully employed. The focus is on overcoming the youth employment crisis, fulfil young people’s aspirations and harness these work-ready Emirati talents.
Emirati between the ages of 18 to 21 years can start working, subject to several conditions regarding working hours and conditions, as per the UAE Labour Law. Many companies have come to rely on a Dubai-based intern recruitment portal InternsME( that was rebranded Oliv.com), an online career platform, that connects students and graduates in the U.A.E. to employers for internships, part-time positions and entry-level jobs. This has helped in tackling the youth unemployment by facilitating career support for the younger generation. “The startup is also introducing Oliv Academy, which consists of free video courses to nurture youth talent and assist with improving their applications. It also has a built-in messaging feature to manage communications and make launching careers more personal,” says CEO Jean-Michel Gauthier.
The UAE capital is finally putting the region’s youth – an important asset – at the forefront of employment. This involves adolescence preparing themselves in building their future. Abu Dhabi has come up with new strategies aimed at generating young entrepreneurs and promote the culture of investment among youth by allowing them to have work experience sooner with the chance to work during their high school years. These occupations take the shape of part-time summer job or are held through temporary work permits. In addition, the Emirate has invested heavily in improving the educational environment in a bid to produce graduates better suited for industry sector jobs. This is helping young people become productive workers using their talents, creativity, and experiences to be competitive in today’s knowledge-based economy.
Another job outlet is the Education for Employment (EFE), the leading youth employment organization in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that has connected thousands of adolescences – young women and men – to the world of work by means of job placement, entrepreneurship programs, and short-term trainings that help prepare youth for the workforce in the future. EFE’s network has successfully been connecting youth to jobs through a partnership model with high-impact partners and empowering Emirati youth to pursue their first employment or move closer towards their career goals so they can achieve the right skills, drive and opportunities, said Dima Najim, UAE Managing Director, EFE-Global, which commented that, “Emirati youth are one of the UAE’s most precious resources and EFE helps bridge the talent gap in the MENA region by tackling youth unemployment having developed targeted preparation programs that involves training a workforce of skilled employees ready to work from day one to build communication skills, polish his or her CV and learn how to ace a job interview for those businesses seeking to recruit young talent.”
Jasmine Nahhas di Florio, senior vice president for strategy and partnerships at EFE, told Khaleej Times that “most companies are hesitant to hire young workers – even when they have the relevant skills – and many youth are unwilling to pursue other employment options, or do not know how.” EFE fills the gap by helping youth fulfill their aspirations.
Emirates Foundation, an independent organization set up by the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, also provides a comprehensive range of programs aimed at empowering, inspiring and supporting a strong, successful youth society. Emirates Foundation for Youth Development is focused on encouraging the early adoption of skills from development projects that provide a gateway to career success. This undoubtedly can accelerate progress in support of the youth employment agenda for decades to come.
The tourism and hotel industry continue to prosper in the UAE capital.
According to Gulf News, the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) said the total hotel revenues for the emirate during the first quarter of 2019 have increased by more than 16 per cent compared to the same period last year. The Emirate have attracted more than 1.29 million hotel guests in three months. “In total, 1,291,482 visitors were guests of Abu Dhabi’s 169 hotels and hotel apartments.” The hotel apartments in Q1 saw an increase of about 6,600 over the same period in 2018, DCT Abu Dhabi said.
“[More Q1 figures] marked increases for visitors from the USA, with a 13.8 per cent rise for the first quarter. Average length of stays for visitors from the UK, China, India and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also saw an increase. There was also a 51 per cent rise in visitors coming to Abu Dhabi for leisure purposes compared to last year during the first quarter.”
Why so many hotel guests or visitors to the UAE capital? Well, the Emirate has much to offer in terms of art, hospitality and nature. Louvre Abu Dhabi, an art and civilization museum in the heart of the Saadiyat Cultural District, for example, is a top cultural destination; then there’s the Qasr al-Hosn, the oldest stone building in the city of Abu Dhabi and one of the most significant heritage site. Also, in addition to the first universal museum in the Arab World and of the popular Qasr Al Hosn heritage that was recently restored, there’s also the popular Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, an indoor amusement theme park situated on Yas Island; inside you’ll find six lands featuring 29 rides, plus many cartoon characters. Then there’s Ferrari World Abu Dhabi which has 37 record-breaking rides and attractions for all age groups. This is an ideal place for kids as well as adults.
Emirates Palace, a luxury hotel West Corniche Road, is one of the most expensive lodges in the world—costs vary from 5900 dollars to 12500 dollars approximately, but tourists can tour the beautiful atrium lobby free! (Note: Only formal dressing is allowed in the hotel. No shorts and dresses which expose the body is allowed inside.) This is a top attraction for its scale and grandeur. The multi-domed luxury hotel sits on the beachfront in palm-sprinkled gardens which makes a lavish retreat for guests and a must-see for Abu Dhabi visitors.
Vacationers also like to visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in the country, which is also free to enter and does not need tickets. You can join a number of free tours each day on a walk-in basis. (Note: General visiting times are Saturday-Thursday 9am to 10pm. The mosque is closed to tourists (but open to worshippers) on Friday mornings. It reopens for tourists after 4.30pm. Note that during the month of Ramadan visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the mosque closed all day Friday.)
Abu Dhabi has spurred interest from around the world to visit many of the Emirate’s cultural sites, landmarks, and/or theme-based establishments. The Emirate’s tourism sector is attracting more and more international visitors, also supported by the loosening of entry visa requirements and wide-ranging cuts to taxes imposed on the hospitality sector. This has gone on to help enhance Abu Dhabi’s position as a global tourist destination, said Saif Saeed Ghobash, undersecretary at DCT Abu Dhabi. “We are incredibly pleased to see these positive metrics, as year on year we have exceeded the already ambitious targets set for Abu Dhabi’s growth,” spoke Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman at DCT Abu Dhabi.
Ramadan 2019 is underway; based on moon sighting, it started on Monday May 6 and will go on until Tuesday June 4. Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset (between fajr and maghrib prayers)for approximately 30 days. No food and drinks (even water) are consumed.
What Should You Expect?
During this time, many businesses, including shopping malls and grocery stores, will announce different opening and closing times.
Throughout Ramadan, there are a range of iftar buffets for diners to break daily fast and enjoy socializing with family and friends. Here are the best iftars in Abu Dhabi.
According to Khaleej Times, “The Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society (ADCOOPS) has allocated Dh70 million for 25,000 food and nonfood products during the Holy Month of Ramadan.” What this means is that “customers in Abu Dhabi will be able to enjoy up to 65 per cent discount across 58 outlets” on more than 1,500 products.
Another benefit is the parking fees that are being waived during iftar throughout Ramadan in Abu Dhabi, the Department of Transport announced.Motorists can park for free between 2pm and 9pm every day. On Fridays, parking is free all day. As per The National, “The split paid periods are 9am to 2pm and 9pm to 2.30am from Saturday to Wednesday. On Thursdays, motorists will need to pay for parking from 9am to 2pm, then again from 9pm to midnight.”
Those observing Ramadan will want to make note of the prayers for the holy month. Here are the Ramadan prayer times for the UAE capital, as released by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments.
Be aware of the other upcoming annual Islamic celebrations:
Eid al-Fitr – ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’ – will take place on or around Wednesday June 5 2019 to Thursday June 6 2019. This is celebrated at the end of Ramadan.
Eid al-Adha – “Festival of the Sacrifice” – will take place on or around Monday August 12 2019 to Wednesday August 14 2019. This is celebrated just over two months later, at the same time when many Muslims perform the Hajj pilgrimage.
It’s important for people living in or visiting the city to make note of the two Eid holidays that are observed by Muslims.
To make the best of the Holy Month, check the following:
As a resident or as a visitor, there are certain etiquette tips to follow, as shared by Gulf News, to ensure there is no disrespect to those who fast or engage in dedicated prayers during the month. Some rules include no drinking or eating in public regardless of own religion beliefs, no wearing of revealing clothes, no public shows of affection.
Why not celebrate the holy month of Ramadan with your loved ones at the one and only Bazaar Ramadan Al Ain!
Back in October 2018, as part of the UAE capital’s vision to accelerate the growth of knowledge economy and bolster the development of human capital, the government announced the launch of the Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG), a world-class professional development academy for Abu Dhabi government employees.
In January 2019, the ADSG confirmed the appointment of Ms. Solveig Andres Nicklos as the first Dean of the academy. Ms Nicklos joined ADSG from Columbia University in New York, USA. She is an expert in strategy development, executive education, and working in partnership with diverse stakeholders. Her commitment to lifelong learning and professional development is clear and ensures the success of the initiative. “I am proud to be part of this exciting journey,” she said.
Abu Dhabi School of Government (established in May 2018 by Law 15 2018 as a government entity) was formed to develop the capabilities of employees and help them excel in their careers. To achieve its objective, ADSG aims to foster and develop leaders and high performers in Abu Dhabi by equipping staff across all government entities with world-class managerial, operational and administrative skills. The academy will be doing this by “partnering with best-in-class academic institutions, both locally and internationally, in addition to international online educational platforms that will bring unparalleled, comprehensive learning to government employees,” reported WAM/Nour Salman/MOHD AAMIR.
ADSG is responsible for overseeing and planning the learning and development of all Abu Dhabi Government employees and ensures government employees get the highest quality of training tailored to Abu Dhabi’s context. Professionals will have access to the latest and most advanced learning opportunities so that they can develop their skillsets.
In helping all government employees to progress their skills and talents as they become the future leaders of the Abu Dhabi Government, Solveig Nicklos, the dean of the Abu Dhabi School of Government and Jeff Maggioncalda, Coursera’s chief executive spoke to The National about their partnership ahead of the Milken Institute’s Mena Summit in Abu Dhabi recently (February 2019), where they were taking part in a discussion titled ‘Building Tomorrow’s Global Workforce’. Coursera is a renowned online learning platform that provides training in a great variety of areas, including data science, AI, leadership and digital transformation.
Coursera announced its expansion into the Middle East region and the intention to open an office in Abu Dhabi to better serve the county and to emerge as “a knowledge-powered economy.” This comes at a time when Coursera already conquered customers in UAE to include DEWA, Etihad Airways, TECOM Group, and Dubai Asset Management to partner with the online training platform and provide their employees with high-quality content.
Now, more than 60,000 Abu Dhabi Government employees will be provided with access to 3,000 online courses, drawn from a program catalog including the world’s top universities and educational institutions such as Johns Hopkins, Duke and Stanford University. Thirty courses will be fully in Arabic while 70 will have Arabic subtitles, tells The National.
“This is Coursera’s largest partnership to date and establishes a new global model for public sector skills transformation,” tells arab24.news. This is an occasion to “upskill every employee in the Abu Dhabi government,” says Nicklos. In a workplace being changed by emerging technologies, it’s essential for workers to have access to professional training and development programs for critical skills that are more adapted to this technology-led future, adds Leah Belsky, Vice President of Enterprise at Coursera.
Visit the ADSG website for more information on the joint venture partnerships where education will generate knowledge for young talent and future leaders.
Local talent recognition is at the top of the UAE agenda. In fact, the Emirate Skills National Competition (ESNC) is the UAE’s premier event that inspires the young generation to get passionate about new trades, in technical and vocational crafts, as well as embrace technology-based career pathways while preparing for the future to fill the demand and supply of the Emirati workforce.
Such a contest helps to boost the skills of UAE Nationals and increase their presence in the job market while providing companies with a much broader pool of talents to choose from.
The ESNC is a contest not only to impress judges but also, perhaps, to get their foot in the door in a field that matches their skills. So, whether you’re looking to build a career off your skillset or want to show your abilities in a more abstract way, then ESNC 2019 is the place to be.
Annually the Competition attracts UAE Nationals, both young men and women, to compete in a category of workmanship and be evaluated by a technical committee and internationally accredited experts based on the standards and judging criteria of WorldSkills organization.
This is a time to challenge peers in the chosen category and be awarded the best of their chosen discipline in the following skilled areas:
CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING TECHNOLOGY – Everything from the foundation, grounds, building, finishing and maintaining of all sorts of buildings.
CREATIVE ARTS AND FASHION – From multi-media creative, interior decoration and fashion.
EMIRATES TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION COMPETITION – This aims to identify bright Emiratis minds that would excel in a variety of ICT areas.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY – From network creation and maintenance to development and finishing information technologies.
MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY – This encompasses everything from the design, creation, making and maintaining of anything involving electronics and machines.
SOCIAL AND PERSONAL SERVICES – Services related to the food and beverage industry as well as the hospitality and personal care.
There are two additional challenges:
THE JUNIOR COMPETITION – This is specifically for junior competitors (12-15 years of age) as a trial for the official National Competition
THE SPECIAL CHALLENGE – This is specific to competitors with special needs
Get prepared: Participants can download the materials for the training sessions related to skills competition.
ESNC is about celebrating the outstanding talents of UAE citizens in hope they tap into some of the opportunities that present themselves in hard-to-fill disciplines. In fact, the Emirate Skills National Competition focuses on raising the awareness of career-based technical and vocational education among young Emiratis by organizing competitions, events, training programs and technical career activities.
WHY COMPETE IN THE NATIONAL COMPETITION? It’s a once in a lifetime experience for young budding talents to show off their skills. This is also an occasion to compete and win awards!
Do you wish to participate and increase your visibility at one of the biggest contests? Attending these events is not only a great way to network but also to show off your skills.
The United Arab Emirates’ Armed Forces has developed strategies for effective recruitment and retention of Emirati military personnel. Part of it is the National Service Career Fair that aims to secure the educational and professional future of National Service program graduates.
UAE’s Armed Forces, represented by the National Service and Reserves Authority, is set to hold an exhibition that aims to open channels of communication between graduates from the national and reserve service in the armed forces and the participating parties in the Career Fair from the public and private sectors. Job opportunities or the opportunity to continue their studies for specialized employment will be the focus.
The National Service Recruits Exhibition (website: nscf.ae) will help to secure the future of recruits after completing the requirements of the National Service Program. Particularly, this is creating job opportunities for graduates by shortening the distances between recruits and national service graduates and those who wish to employ, qualify or care for them.
Overseeing the success of the event is Major General Salim bin Ghaffan Al Jabri, Head of the Administration and Human Resources Directorate, with the participation of senior officers of the Armed Forces General Command.
Such an event has been a platform to attract and hire the best talent and will help employers recognize the value of the military grads experience and their transferrable skills gained while in service.
Dates: 13-15 October 2019
Venue: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, Hall 10-11
Times: 09:00 – 18:00
For information about participating to the National Service Recruits Exhibition or booking a site in the fair, be sure to contact the organizing company.
In 2014, UAE President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan approved the law introducing mandatory military service for all Emirati men aged 18-30 and in good medical health.
The national service recruits are paid a monthly stipend based on time of service.
At least AED3,000 ($816) a month if reserve service is less than three months;
AED8,000 ($2,178) a month if the service is between three to nine months;
AED15,000 ($ 4,084) a month if the reserve service is longer than nine months.
As stated on globalsecurity.org: “Emirati men who have finished secondary school are to undergo military training for nine months, while others are to serve for two years. National service for women is optional, and first they have to receive written permission from their parents or guardians. Emirati men that fail to sign up for the service before they are 29 are to face a jail term of up to one year and a fine.”
Note: Most recently, the United Arab Emirates had extended compulsory military service for Emirati men from 9 to 12 then to 16 months; whereas, women can serve only for nine months.
UAE’s National Service consists of military exercises (recruits gain infantry skills), compulsory lectures on security as well as patriotism (accentuating their high moral and their loyalty and love for the country). And Chairman of the National Service, General Pilot Shaikh Ahmad Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, said “the military service will help young Emiratis become responsible citizens […] Through military discipline, our youth will gain physical strength, endurance, knowledge, and spirit,” as reported by Gulf News.
In 2016, Emiratis aged 30 to 40 were welcomed to join voluntary military service through three recruitment centers in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Al Ain.
If there is one international event you need to attend in 2019, it ought to be the Abu Dhabi WRC (coming 6 – 10 OCTOBER, 2019) — it is one of the most prestigious transport events where attendees have a unique opportunity to discuss issues relevant to the challenges facing roads and disseminating updated knowledge about them.
Since 1908, the World Road Congress (WRC) has been a deﬁning voice for the road infrastructure and transport industry.
The 26th World Road Congress provides a unique opportunity for road and transportation professionals to share and seek knowledge, ideas and innovations, as well as trends and developments, best practices and experiences in the fields of road, infrastructures and transport in order that all participants go back home with new knowledge able to be implemented at the local and national levels, tells His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (DoT) won the bid to host the 2019 World Roads Congress; a five-day event that will enable participants to share and discuss national policy practices and experiences under the theme of ‘Connecting Cultures, Enabling Economies’ that will demonstrate the commitment of the UAE to promote and foster innovation in the surface transport, tunnels, bridges and infrastructure space.
Partakers will look forward to discussing developments in road transport services for the future to pursue important topics (namely Future Transport Network, Artificial Intelligence, Land Use Planning) in line with the World Road Association (PIARC).
“The Congress programme features the presentation of the results of the work undertaken by PIARC’s 22 Committees and Task Forces, as well as a number of specialized sessions and workshops dealing with topics of current and future interest and a large exhibition in which road administrations, equipment and service providers, consultants and road-related organizations will be present,” as told Claude Van Rooten, President of the World Road Association (PIARC).
Make sure to take advantage of this important opportunity!
Register today at aipcrabudhabi2019.org to attend the various presentations, sessions and workshops. There are to be multilateral talks regarding new ideas towards better understanding of road, infrastructure and surface transport works. (Download the WRC Abu Dhabi 2019 brochure to know more details of the event.)
Book your delegate pass NOW to take advantage of the Early Bird Rates! Visit www.piarcabudhabi2019.org or contact WRC2019@AIPCRABUDHABI2019.ORG for more info about the Congress and the registrations.
Why attend the 26th World Road Congress? It’s a unique opportunity for the world to witness the nation’s strategic surface transport advancement at the next level. This edition, featured for the ﬁrst time in the Middle East, provides a state-of-art exhibition area for exhibitors to present their achievements, innovative products and solutions to a global cliental; provides a platform – featuring the World Road Association, its members and the world’s most inﬂuential voices in the road and transport sector – to gain high-profile visibility and exposure for organizations as the event gives direct access to existing and potential peers, suppliers or clients from over 140 countries; and provides a unique opportunity to network with experts in the field from across the globe and participants will be able to ensure that you are up to date with the latest trends and innovations.
Transport drives economic and social progress; for this reason, many will benefit from attending this event. What’s new for 2019? “In 2019, Abu Dhabi will feature the best of thought leadership and the best of innovative road solutions with an expected attendance of 7,000 delegates, 300 exhibitors and representation of over 120 nations in one of the most advanced venues in the world – The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.”
United Arab Emirates is today a modern country with glamorous metropolitan areas filled with some of the world’s most iconic buildings, so it’s easy to forget about Bedouin life in the UAE. Bedouin, which comes from the Arabic word ‘badawiyin’ means “people of the desert,” and comprised of a general population (desert-dwellers, fishermen, pearl divers, farmers) found in the early days in the UAE. They lead a rural or nomadic life but had integrated into the urban society as time evolved. However, many Bedouins continue to live in tents and communities in the desert, without moving into the cities, keeping their traditions alive in contrast with the modernity of today’s UAE.
Did you know that Abu Dhabi and Dubai once consisted of several hundred barasti huts made with areesh (palm leaves called fronds), soaked and tied side-by-side using palm fibre rope? The palm-leaf house, the arish, was constructed out of neatly cut branches – a traditional arish or barasti was the standard building technique in the Bedouin era; with their nomadic lifestyle they used date palms for building materials and supported structures with vertical palm tree trunks or planks cut from date palms, while the roofs were flat and thatched with palm fronds. Others had mangrove poles and used Jazu’a (roof beams) and Marazib (roof gutters) plus had enclosed rooms with associated courtyards which covers a considerably larger space. Inside the Arish house there was a Hhaseer, a popular floor mat.
Shindagha, one of the oldest areas of Dubai, had large areas of palm frond (arish) houses with a barajeel (wind tower) made of burlap (a course cloth made of jute or hemp) that served to air out the residence where ventilation in the summer is paramount while settlers in the Liwa Oases, Abu Dhabi, stayed in a Bedouin-style tent made out of animal hide during the winter. These palm frond shelters were then used in two different ways.
UAE’s Bedouin People are among the country’s most interesting natives of the region. They continue to play an integral part in the culture, heritage, and traditions of the UAE. Tourists often enjoy a visit to Bedouin-style camps while taking a safari for an adventure that gives them the opportunity to experience the Bedouin style of living with a rich history to discover that plays an integral part in the Emirati national identity. They can also visit the Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood to better understand the life of Bedouins (or Bedawi in Arabic). You will not want to miss the chance to interact with these kind and generous people.
Bedouin society is important in the UAE; the country’s roots are grounded in the Bedouin culture and it makes it even more vital to preserve its heritage.
It’s been all over the internet Amazon FBA— so, what’s all the hype about? Well, Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a great platform for growing your business and is a great option for entrepreneurs looking to break into e-commerce without many of the logistical nightmares that go with it.
This eCommerce selling platform is essentially turning Amazon into your own personal distribution center. All the business has to do is ship the goods to the distribution center indicated by Amazon. Products will be stored and orders filled directly in these fulfillment centers that will provide the shipping and packing handled by professionals 24/7.
There are other advantages to leveraging FBA, the handling of all refunds and returns whilst providing excellent customer service in the language preferred by the customer. This allows the entrepreneur more time to concentrate on growing his or her brand or business.
Fulfillment by Amazon involves a small charge according to a fee rate structure; the payment includes also getting reports on these FBA fulfillments. Of course, the seller still has responsibilities for the orders and will need to configure an Amazon Fulfilled Network (AFN) products in ShipStation with tags so as to easily identify orders with special needs, or for flagging specific customers.
So what does this have to do with the UAE? Well, Selling on Amazon via FBA allows businesses to operate from anywhere and reach customers throughout the world. So, it makes sense to setup in countries where bureaucracy is at a minimum and where tax advantages are evident. So, if you want to succeed in the eCommerce world, basing a business in the UAE and utilizing the logistical structure of an online retail giant like Amazon seems like a good option.
Many entrepreneurs have already successfully created international e-commerce businesses using the FBA option. Italian businessman Antonio Vida – Vincere Su Amazon (Win on Amazon), an Expert Amazon FBA seller as well as China sourcing agent, business coach and marketer, for example, now also shares in his Webinar (Italian only) the advantages of such as solution and how to bring this business model to success.
He describes his experience as a physical products seller in the Amazon market that brings so much simplicity to the processes, but that does require to follow precise steps to avoid errors that would cost dearly.