Information technology ranked UAE’s tenth fastest growing industry by LinkedIn

By Arun Shankar   13 June, 2018
Information technology ranked UAE’s tenth fastest growing industry by LinkedIn

Ali Matar, Head of LinkedIn Talent Solutions, Emerging Markets, Middle East and North Africa.

LinkedIn the world’s leading professional network with more than 560 million members, released data about the UAE’s fastest growing industries over the past 15 years, with retail and hospitality industries taking the top spots. The data comes as the company celebrates its 15-year anniversary since its inception. The networking giant released data about the UAE’s top industries, reflecting on the changes and journey the country has taken over the past 15 years. The anniversary also coincides with LinkedIn reaching the 25-million-member milestone in MENA.

UAE Top 10 fastest-growing industries over past 15 years

  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Hospital and health care
  • Food and beverages
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Civil engineering
  • Construction
  • Education management
  • Airline, aviation
  • Information technology and services

Global Top 10 fastest-growing industries over past 15 years

  • Internet
  • Computer games
  • Outsourcing, offshoring
  • Online media
  • Staffing and recruiting
  • Renewables and environment
  • E-learning
  • Program development
  • Health, wellness and fitness
  • Event services

“The UAE has witnessed dramatic growth in industry over the past 15 years. It is no surprise to see retail, hospitality, hospital and healthcare, F&B and marketing and advertising at the forefront of the list. Looking at the global fastest-growing industries, these are focused around IT, internet businesses, sustainability and wellness. If we look towards the next 15 years we predict digital jobs will become one of the fastest growing sectors in the UAE,” said Ali Matar, Head of LinkedIn Middle East and North Africa.

“UAE professionals will need to equip themselves with the right skills for roles in technology – specifically the technology that will be transforming business models across all industries,” he added.

LinkedIn opened its first office in the MENA region in 2012 in Dubai which serves as a regional headquarters to members and customers. In 2017, LinkedIn released data which ranked UAE members as the most connected in the world with an average of more than 200 connections per individual. There are over three million members on LinkedIn from the UAE.


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