Ahmed Abouzaid

With expected growth of $20bn, the UAE telecoms job market is about to take off

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January 2023: With expected growth of $20bn, the UAE telecoms job market is about to take of...

By Ahmed Abouzaid

360 Account Manager

January 2023: With expected growth of $20bn, the UAE telecoms job market is about to take off

The UAE's telecom industry has one of the fastest median download speeds on 5G networks and one of the highest fixed broadband speeds in the world as reported by news website businesswire.com. Recent infrastructure investments have focused on fibre rather than upgraded copper networks, which enable virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications to be developed. In addition, it aims to benefit enterprises from various internet of things (IoT), cloud, and data center applications in energy, healthcare, education, transportation, and entertainment, generating new revenue and stimulating market growth. With lots of development happening around 5G network, there seems to be a focus on IoT & Cloud networks which is resulting int many opportunities for roles such as:

  • AI Engineers
  • Cloud Engineers
  • IT & Developers
  • Network Optimization & Planning Engineers
  • Solution architects
  • Wireless integration engineers

What telecoms skillsets are in demand within the UAE?

The telecom industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the UAE and in recent years due to an increasing dependency on technology and a shift in consumer behaviour, there has been a significant demand (and subsequent training) in various skills that are now essential for a telecom professional to have within the telecoms industry. These skills include:

  • Cloud computing skills - including knowledge of cloud platforms (such as OpenStack or Azure)
  • IT Support Skills and Network Engineering - including (WLAN, MAN, LAN, and WAN)
  • Programming Skills–including hardcore programming such as networking and data centers
  • Coding skills: including the ability to code in Perl or Python
  • Understanding the fundamentals of wireless networks

Here’s our predictions for telecoms recruitment for the first half of 2023.
Simply put there will be a lot of new telecoms jobs opportunities in the UAE in the first half of 2023. There are currently enormous levels of investment being made into the telecoms industry (particularly 5G as mentioned), which is creating many opportunities for telecom jobs such as telecoms engineers, testers, integrator's, developers, software engineers, etc. These roles will develop and serve various domains in the telecom industry, such as Mobile Networks, Heterogeneous Networks, IoT, Cloud, E-commerce and Information Technology. With potential market growth of $20.57 billion (USD) and expectations of it increasing at a CAGR of more than 3.5% between 2022 and 2026, the UAE telecoms market is set to see huge growth, with neighbouring Saudi Arabia expected to offer more market growth than the rest of the Middle East region as reported by PR newswire. Whilst the next few months will be full of recruitment activity, this is just the beginning for a very exciting period for telecoms in the UAE. For more information about the UAE telecoms market, feel free to contact me here.

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