Posts Tagged ‘Emirati’

Emirati women working. Time to actually make it happen.

Posted on: May 21st, 2012 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

Thesis: Emirati women working for gov’t

Advantages: hours, vacations, medical, maternity leave, retirement benefits, and appreciation of both culture and religion

Antithesis: Emirati women working in private industry.

Advantages: Emiratization Private industry goal

Synthesis: Emirati women researching, creating, opening and operating their own business

Essential criteria:

Gov’t help to guarantee salaries until business generates sufficient revenue.

The business must provide competitive salaries, work times, vacations, medical, and retirement benefits PLUS create an environment as good or better than the public workplaces.
(Day care, education, and conferences)

While in the UAE I developed a project that I, and the Emirati women I explained it to, felt would meet the requirements of Emirati women to enter private industry.

The project: 10 Emirati women graduates would create and operate a Soft Skills Training Center. At the end of a 12-week training component, the center would be in operation. Gov’t assistance would continue for a year, or until revenue meets expenses. There would be two project leaders, a successful Emirati woman, and myself (a soft skills trainer, entrepreneur and small business owner).

Funding options other than gov’t: Women’s Organizations or large private businesses.


I will send contact to Emirati partners.

Emirati Employees ARE NOT lazy!

Posted on: May 7th, 2012 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

Emirati employees ARE NOT lazy! Enough already.

Professional managers and employment consultants MUST begin to recognize the reality of the present UAE culture.

As is happening all around the world, money is (except for the greed of obsessed senior executives) NOT the motivator it “perhaps” was. Read Drive by Daniel Pink. Apply the concepts.

I have worked with Emirati women. They are tremendously motivated. They are very intelligent. They are aware of the world around them – inside and outside the UAE. They know that to work, start a family, and be a good wife, is best facilitated by working in Public Service.

As I have said over and over; I am prepared to offer to conduct a program to bring Emirati women graduates into the world of private business. The Soft Skills Training company they would create and operate would consider as a given that all services, holidays, hours, and “perks” of Government jobs would be included in the training company.

The goal, other than the explicit one of building a successful business, would be to demonstrate a method of bringing Emirati graduates into private industry.

My role as mentor, trainer of the trainers, marketing and sales expert, and entrepreneur (I operated my own Training and Consulting company in Canada for 14 years) would, along with an experienced Emirati woman businessperson, provide a good base for success. Take a chance?

This project could also work in Qatar. As a man, I understand it would be impossible to be the instructor in those Arab countries and UAE Emirates that prohibit male teachers for female students.

Ode to Ras Al Khaimah

Posted on: April 17th, 2012 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

Ras Al Khaimah is “deservedly” enjoying, and will continue to enjoy, its reputation as a tremendous Tourist, Business Convention, and Education destination.

Ras Al Khaimah was my home for almost five years. In that time I witnessed incredible growth in both the infrastructure and confidence of the city. I watched the Cornish develop from a very small walkway (where I walked at 33C at 6:30 AM in 2007), to a fantastic, busy, multi-use venue in 2011. I was honored to teach at the Cove Rotana and saw first hand the quality and commitment of hospitality sector. My work at Injaz, RAK Tourism, the HCT, RAK Airport, Al Nahda Women’s Association, SAQR and “SAIF” hospitals and many other places, allowed me to experience the vitality of RAK citizens. It was difficult to leave.

Some further comments: While in RAK I live in three different locations, I witnessed quite amazing improvements in streets, sidewalks, lighting, and general environment (flowers, walkways).

I had the honor to tutor two of Sheikh Omar’s sons and feel strongly that the RAK leaders are dedicated, enthusiastic, and realistic as they strive to develop RAK’s potential. I do, however, encourage them to continue to be skeptical of those who would take advantage of their goodness and trust.

My work with the Ras Al Khaimah International Airport gave me insight into RAK’s potential as a flight destination. There have certainly been “growing” pains with both the airport and airline . . . but to give credit where credit is due, they don’t give up

 It is hard to explain to my friends in Canada (I returned a year ago) the speed of change in the UAE and RAK in particular. I took thousands of pictures, posted some on Google, and shared them with my family and friends in Canada. I have to explain to them now, however, that what they see in my pictures will not accurately reflect the RAK of 2012.

On a personal note (to underscore the “community” of RAK), I was fortunate to meet, work with, teach, and (quite wonderfully) become “a brother and uncle” to a number of Muslim ex-pat families. A Jordanian family living in Ras Al Khaimah brought me into their home (if the appropriate sense of that phrase with a Muslim family) and I helped their daughters with their English.

One daughter conducted (free) five of my Communication workshops for both professional and youth groups. She is now in university in Jordan. She received a big bouquet of flowers after her first workshop, and my old MacBook Pro when she completed the five workshops. My friendship with her, her three sisters, parents, and brother I consider to be one of the cherished benefits of my RAK stay.

One of my sponsors is a Emirati national. She works for a bank. Her father and brother were instrumental in solving some of my challenges. Another ex-pat family from Palestine brought me into their family, worked with me on a business start-up, and introduced me to Iftar! 

I enjoyed getting to know many Indian ex-pats. I attended School student performances and graduations, and for a brief four days, was basketball coach for a group of tremendous high students. (I was 58 at the time and keeping up with them was “good” exercise!)

I also was more than fortunate in getting to know ex-pats from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Malaysia, every GCC country and many from Africa, Europe and North American. 

Ras Al Khaimah is a good place to visit, to live, to raise and to educate children. It is not just a tourist destination. This makes RAK more than just a name on the map. I am proud to recommend RAK as a Holiday Destination from Canada (for the winter months!) although I think their might be value in having a week in Spain, before coming the UAE so as to decrease the effect of a 7 to 8 hour jet lag.

Overall, despite some challenges, I regard my time in RAK as one of the highlights of my life and I support, encourage, and will follow the city’s progress.


Tom Pattillo