Dubai has its first sandwich board job seeker

A few months ago, I was at a networking meeting for job seekers and one guy in construction was looking for work. A member suggested that if he wanted steady work, he should go to Dubai, where the construction business was so busy that companies were hiring people off the street.

No more. The global financial crisis has hit Dubai, as WalletPop has reported before, and now it has reached a new low.

An unemployed Briton who worked in the United Arab Emirates' property industry for 27 months, is out of a job and walked around at a property fair in Dubai with a sandwich board on him that reads "Job Wanted. Senior Project Manager. Clive," for Clive Walley, according to a Reuters story.

"I've been looking for work in the last month in Dubai and I suppose there are as many as 1,000 applicants for one job, so it's not that easy to get interviews," Walley told Reuters Television.

"I had an excellent job and I was managing some really exciting projects," he said of his job as a client site project manager.

The Gulf's six-year oil-fueled boom is ending in Dubai, where construction projects have been delayed or canceled.

Walley is hoping to find work in Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital that has fared better in the crisis.
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