eTN, May 28, 2008

Innovative solutions to address future staffing issues were one of the key topics addressed at the Arab Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai. Jonathan Worsley, co-organizer of AHIC, believes staffing levels is one of the biggest challenges of today’s market. “The Middle East alone has demands for more than 1.5 million staff by 2020 and the aviation sector alone will require 200,000 additional pilots over the coming two decades,” he said. The emirates growing need for skilled workers and high-level executives is taking its toll on the continuously expanding airline and hospitality businesses. As the real estate boom in hotels and condos gets out of control, staff accommodation and the high standard of living becomes an issue with hired overseas labor.

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