Report cites job stability, higher wages for Saudi workers

In a time when the Saudi economy is struggling, there is some glimmer of light for Saudi workers, particularly native citizens. A study by the Korn Ferry Hay Group shows big increases across the board for salaries in some industries, such as high technology and transportation and logistics. The study also found that over half of Saudi nationals have held the same job for at least five years. Read More »

McDermott, Nakilat-Keppel partner to pursue Qatar offshore projects

McDermott International Inc. (MDR) and Nakilat-Keppel Offshore Marine (N-KOM) said they have an exclusive cooperation agreement to pursue offshore engineering, procurement, construction and installation projects within Qatari waters. The agreement calls for collaboration on projects that utilize McDermott’s experience in offshore projects and N-KOM’s ship repair facility in Qatar. Read More »

Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla bolsters UAE arbitration resources

UAE law firm Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla recently augmented its professional scope by appointing two attorneys to shore up its presence and expertise in legal, regulatory and commercial practices at its Dubai office. Dispute resolution lawyer Charlotte Bijlani was named a partner in the firm’s arbitration practice, while Joanna Matthews-Taylor was tapped as a senior associate for its employment practice. Read More »

Doha to get first Angry Birds playground in the Middle East

Doha is getting the first Angry Birds playground at Doha Festival City’s Family Entertainment Complex. With Qatari officials so proud to introduce the Finnish gaming company’s characters to one of their central entertainment attractions, it begs the question of how much Western and international iconography might get built into cities and what type of tourism the region is trying to attract. Read More »

U.S. community colleges face challenges when launching campuses in Gulf region

A recent Wall Street Journal article indicates various community colleges and other American educational institutions are trying out the idea of satellite campuses in the Gulf region. Houston Community College Vice Chancellor Edmund Herod said there are certain challenges to these kinds of ventures, but he is ultimately positive about the way these projects can work. Read More »