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Excerpted from the United Arab Emirates Guide.

BMI projects spending in the UAE’s IT sector will reach 3.8 billion USD this year, an increase of 5 percent, driven by government spending. Cloud computing and business analytics are two enterprise IT growth areas. Further opportunities for IT workers will be in education, health care, utilities, banking and telecoms.

Certification and Educational Requirements

A person looking for a job in the information technology field should have a bachelor’s or postgraduate degree in computer science or an MCA degree, and should also have completed the relevant certification courses. A great deal of importance is placed on prior experience and to the projects completed in the relevant field. This field demands excellent communication skills as client interaction is high.

Organizations and Trade Unions

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
http://www.acm.org/
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences and applications of information technology. It is one of the largest and oldest computer professional associations in the world. There is a professional chapter in the UAE as well as student chapters at American University of Sharjah and BITS, Pilani - Dubai (BPD).

Dubai Women's College ACM Chapter
Tel: 04 2089 504
Fax: 04 267 3939
Email: amala.rajan@hct.ac.ae

Publications

Computer News Middle East
http://www.computernewsme.com
For more than a decade and a half, Computer News Middle East has been the link between regional IT players and key target markets. It has driven the messages of local relevance, business benefit and technology into focus for these decision makers. The magazine covers all the important market sectors in depth, providing interviews, best practice case studies, news analysis and market trends. The publication targets CIOs, C-level executives and IT decision makers.

This is just a sample of what you'll find in the complete United Arab Emirates Guide.



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