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The October Career Fair: FDI in Action

Economic Development

Here at Bahrain EDB we’re gearing up for the Ministry of Labour and Social Development’s Career Fair, from the 3rd to the 4th of October 2018, where the companies who have recently chosen Bahrain as their business-friendly Gulf location will showcase vacancies on offer to the Kingdom’s skilled and educated local workforce.

It’s always an exciting and satisfying occasion. The range of businesses that we support to expand into Bahrain bring with them high-quality jobs for people of all backgrounds, from students and graduates to experienced professionals. At the Career Fair, we get to show people how FDI translates into real tangible job opportunities for Bahrainis.

Companies confirmed for this month’s event include Kuwait-based Agility, the publicly traded commercial logistics powerhouse, which offers services worldwide; global architecture player BFG, a firm which transforms built environments with pioneering engineering; US-based racing helmet manufacturer Bell Racing Helmets, which relocated its global manufacturing and R&D operations to the home of motorsport in the Middle East; China-based app developer The Wonder News, which setup shop in the Kingdom further contributing to the ICT sector; and the UK’s Adsertor, a leading analytics platform which recently teamed up with Bahrain Fintech Bay to deliver value-added digital services to our thriving FinTech community.

These dynamic global businesses are creating the jobs of the future in Bahrain – see for yourself on our careers page: https://bahrainedb.com/about-us/third-party-careers

With new businesses and career opportunities comes thousands more jobs for Bahrain and Bahrainis, and the Kingdom has had another record year for investment. Already this year 76 companies have accounted for $810 million worth of investments.

To have overtaken last year’s record investment of $733 million is an impressive achievement. 2017 saw players such as cloud provider Amazon Web Services (AWS), multinational confectionary manufacturer Mondelēz International and Italian water heater maker Ariston Thermo make their entry into Bahrain. AWS alone estimates that 10,000 data-processing engineers will be needed across the Gulf region over the next five years. Following their investment, we have seen over 2,500 young adults sign up for their cloud training program, AWS Educate.

Now in 2018, as a result of even greater investment, the total number of jobs expected to be created over the next three years is more than 4,200. Big names establishing themselves in Bahrain this year have included IKEA, which opened a 37,000sqm store – its largest in the Gulf – featuring a 6,000sqm market hall, 5,000sqm self-serve section and a 650-seat restaurant. IKEA’s investment alone is predicted to lead to 350 new jobs.

Already, this year has broken the record when it comes to strategic, future-proofed FDI bringing real jobs for real people, contributing to the economic development and prosperity of the country as a whole.

Whether you’re a skilled project manager, a budding designer or a tech aficionado, make sure you bring your A game to the Career Fair and tell the experts why your contribution will make a difference!

The Career Fair is the right platform to put FDI in action: investors in Bahrain literally getting down to business – creating jobs, and contributing to the economic development and prosperity of the Kingdom and its people.