x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Chaos as thousands queue for Dewa jobs

Thousands of job-seekers turn up for walk-in interviews.

DUBAI // Thousands of job seekers crowded into Al Boom Tourist Village in Garhoud yesterday for walk-in interviews with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa).

Some arrived as early as 5am and the queue later extended from the village gate to Garhoud Road - a distance of about 100 metres.

Suresh Ramanujan, who was visiting from India, was one of many who came away disappointed.

"They were looking for people who had field experience," he said. "I just finished my education in engineering and didn't have a chance to get through the interview. It was worth a try." He saw the interviews advertised in the press last week.

"I thought I would be the first one to be interviewed," said Mr Ramanujan. "But when I came I saw hundreds of people already waiting. It was shocking. It would have been a big break if I had got the job. Dewa is a government organisation."

Another hopeful described scenes of disarray as the interviews started.

"Officials had to come out to restore order," he said. "People rushed towards the gate to submit their applications."

The interviews ran from 8am until 11am. Most applicants were from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Dewa was hiring technicians, mechanical engineers, foremen, assistant electricians, AC mechanics, supervisors among others. No one from the company was available to comment.