LinkedIn holds 2017 edition of MENA Talent Awards

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LinkedIn recently celebrated the success of leading companies in the MENA region in the talent and employer branding space by hosting the 2017 edition of ‘MENA Talent Awards’.

Held for the third consecutive year, the awards recognized and acknowledged LinkedIn’s top customers in MENA for the great work and results they’ve been seeing during the year.

Some of the winners from the private sector included Ford Middle East & Africa, ACWA Power, The Entertainer FZ LLC, Emirates, Al-Futtaim and Saudi Aramco for Best Employer Brand on LinkedIn.

In the public sector, Dubai Airports, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority – DEWA and Roads and Transport Authority in the UAE and Saudi Stock Exchange (TADAWUL), Takamol Holding and Saudi eGovernment Program were recognized as Best Employers.

Careem from UAE, Riyadh Airports from KSA, KEO International Consultants from Kuwait and Azadea Group from other MENA countries were recognized as the Best Talent Acquisition Team.

Ali Matar, Head of LinkedIn Talent Solutions, EMEA, Emerging Markets, said, “We are extremely proud to see that LinkedIn’s talent solutions have provided companies and individuals with the right tools to reach attract and retain the best talent in the market. Today’s talent awards are a celebration of the efforts, the strategies and the innovative initiatives these winning companies, teams and individuals have taken in acquiring and retaining their talent. We congratulate all our winners and finalists on such a great achievement and wish them all the best for continued successes.”

The 2017 MENA Talent Awards were given in multiple categories including Top Social Recruiters, Best Talent Acquisition team, Best Employer Brand on LinkedIn, LinkedIn Rising Star, Most Social Executive and Best Culture of Learning. The exclusive gala dinner event attended by over 250 executives from the region took place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Jumeirah.

At this year’s celebration, LinkedIn introduced a new award to recognize the most deserving MENA organization that has created a happy and positive work environment for its employees. Named the the ‘Culture of Happiness Award’ it was presented by Her Excellency Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, UAE’s Minister of State for Happiness. Almarai Company won the ‘Culture of Happiness’ award for creating a culture of happiness for its employees. They also won the ‘Culture of Learning’ award along with Dubai Electricity & Water Authority – DEWA.