MBRF, LinkedIn launch Arab Professionals Forum

Forum will gather top Arab experts, academics and scientists from all over the world

16:46 October 14, 2016

Dubai: The Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF), part of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, and LinkedIn, the online business and employment-oriented social networking service, on Thursday signed an agreement to increase cooperation and launch the Arab Professionals Forum initiative on LinkedIn, a joint, knowledge-focused initiative for the Arab region.

The forum will gather top Arab subject-matter experts, academics and scientists from all over the world, and serve as a platform where experts can communicate directly with Arab talent from the region and the world.

It uses LinkedIn’s reach to bring together top Arab experts from both public and private institutions, as well as academics, teachers and researchers. LinkedIn is the world’s largest and widest network of professional communication with a membership of 450 million.

Soon, the Arab Professionals Forum will be joined by other initiatives from MBRF and LinkedIn, forming a comprehensive series of facilities to develop the expertise and capabilities of the Human Capital of the Arab people. In the future, it is planned to make this concept a global forum to promote talent in all societies.

“MBRF’s cooperation with LinkedIn will yield positive results given the latter’s wide global reach and its nature as a specialised platform gathering professionals and experts in all sectors and from all over the world. LinkedIn has built close ties with key government and private institutions such as the MBRF to enhance the ability of employers to select the best from available talent, and for candidates to be aware of career opportunities, said Jamal Bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, during a press conference.

The foundation’s role, meanwhile, is to set the criteria upon which members of the forum will be selected, he noted.

The forum aims for much more than jobs and careers and will help all Arabs make use of their talents in the workplace and beyond.

“The initiative resonates very well with LinkedIn’s commitment to provide the best solutions and opportunities for our members in the Arab region,” said Ali Matar, Head of LinkedIn Talent Solutions for Southern Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Growth Markets.

In 2015, LinkedIn launched LinkedIn Arabic to enable users in the region to fully benefit from everything the platform has to offer, Matar added. “We are certain that this initiative will further expand the horizons for professionals seeking to benefit from our services to advance their careers.”