TOURISM AND NATIONAL HERITAGE RECRUITMENT
The only specialist tourism and national heritage recruitment team for the UAE and the wider Middle East
The Middle East has rapidly emerged as one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations over recent years. The region’s strategic location between East and West, world-famous hospitality and well-developed infrastructure and airlines had enabled the region to thrive in the sector. Both the private and public sector have made significant investments in hotel and resort properties, tourist and major event attractions.
The vision of the leadership and investment into this vital sector has never been more evident from Dubai Expo 2020, development of Dubai Harbour, the numerous giga- projects in Saudi Arabia such as the Qiddiya and NEOM, Qatar World Cup. With the world’s leading airlines Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways in the GCC and the significant investment and specific tourism development funds established allowing for a very strong operational and strategic framework.
Beyond the airlines and hospitality focus has been an incredible sense of showcasing the culture and heritage of the region to both the local and population and international tourists. An emphasis on Islamic art, archaeology, museums, book festivals has grown significantly combined with modern entertainment and sporting events such as the Formula 1 which has now been hosted by 4 countries in the GC;UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar. Regions such as AlUla in northwestern Saudi Arabia in Madinah and home to Hegra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This unique combination of past and present has been a significant driver and will continue to be a long-term driver of economic growth in the region.
The development of new cities, urbanisation and re-development of existing cities, the pursuit of storytelling to the world and the rich history mixed with significant sporting and major events has driven a strong demand for international experts and local cultural experts. The region’s tourism and hospitality sector evidently was significantly impacted by Covid-19 but the rebound has been strong and the region has been a leader in the world in the recovery with tourism & culture a significant guiding point.
Cooper Fitch is well placed to recruit, with more than 20 years’ track record appointing C-Level executives, cultural subject matter experts and heads of functions to a range of tourism developers, public offices, heritage, cruise ships, sporting event experts, hotels and entertainment groups.
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Representing the firm since 2013
Recruitment, executive search
C-Suite, board member and mid to senior-level recruitment
Public sector, advisory
Jack joined Cooper Fitch in 2013 and is a Managing Partner and the Head of Advisory and Public Sector. Jack specialises in CEO mandates and leads a team specialising in Legal Private-Practice, In-house Legal, Big 4 Accounting & Advisory and Public Sector. He brings over twenty two years of executive search, recruitment, consulting, team leadership and commercial experience from across Australia, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
During Jack’s time at Cooper Fitch, he has led multiple senior-level appointments and been appointed Account Director Lead across government and semi-government entities, the Big 4, diversified holding groups and multinational industry side clients throughout the Middle East and Africa. His ability to leverage his senior appointments, commercial acumen, team leadership and client advisory experience has allowed international and regional organisations to achieve their core business objectives by hiring top talent from the local and regional market and international subject matter experts and shaping their leadership organisation structures.
Our guide unveils expected salary ranges for new hires across various industries and core functions across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for 2022.
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