x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Al Ain Zoo celebrates results of focused Emiratisation programme

Al Ain Zoo says its Emiratisation strategy has attracted a 160 Emirati employees, who account for 33 per cent of their workforce.

ABU DHABI // Al Ain Zoo says its Emiratisation strategy has attracted a 160 Emirati employees, who account for 33 per cent of their workforce.

Ghanim Al Hajeri, the director general of the zoo, said yesterday that hiring Emiratis was a vital part of the zoo's overall strategy.

"The career opportunities are endless - whether in animal care, tourism or administrative roles," he said. "And Emirati employees act as ambassadors for our nation, allowing visitors to experience our culture from a different perspective."

To attract and develop a strong, qualified national workforce, the zoo offered training and internship programmes. "There is much enthusiasm among the Emirati community to contribute to the zoo's success," said Mariam Al Shamsi, the zoo's HR director, "particularly when employees witness firsthand the results of our efforts to conserve native wildlife. "

Eiman Rashed Al Muqbali, a retail associate who has worked at the zoo for over a year, said she found the work fulfilling. "My favourite part of my role is being able to engage with people of different nationalities and backgrounds," she said. "I feel proud as a UAE citizen to contribute in spreading the conservation message and to promote tourism in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi."

Founded in 1968 by the late Sheikh Zayed, Al Ain Zoo is home to a collection of over 4,300 animals.

The zoo will switch to summer operating hours on May 1, opening daily from 4pm to 10pm and from 6pm to midnight during Ramadan.

eharnan@thenational.ae