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Etihad Airways Opens Al Ain Contact Centre; Holds Open Day

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Etihad Airways has officially opened its new contact centre in Al Ain city, exclusively managed and operated by female UAE nationals.

The Al Ain Contact Centre, officially opened by Etihad Board Member and Chairman of the Executive Committee H.E. Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, is staffed by more than 80 Emirati ladies trained by industry specialists as contact centre agents and contact centre team leaders, under the leadership of Contact Centre Manager, Samia Barj.

Etihad Airways Al Ain Contact Centre is an example to employers across the UAE, said H.E Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi. Meeting the ambitions of our society will require the increasing participation of highly qualified UAE nationals both female and male. Our job is to ensure that Emiratis are offered the right training and the right work environment to excel in their field, in turn making a strong impact on the workforce and their countrys economic development.

The contact centre is the latest initiative to be introduced into Etihads innovative Emiratisation scheme, which currently includes cadet pilot, engineering, graduate manager programs and numerous direct entry roles across a range of corporate and operational functions.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said, As the national airline of the UAE we are fully committed to growing our Emirati workforce, with respect for the culture and ambitions of the country and its people ... We appreciate the different values and approach that Emirati women consider when entering the workforce, and the design of the centre aims to ensure its female-only structure and opportunities for flexible working hours allow women to develop their career, while creating a sustainable work, life and home balance.

Recruitment for the centre was undertaken through a number of avenues, including the 2010 Al Ain Career Fair Exhibition, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council, and walk-in candidates.

The employees have each completed a nine-month training and development program, which included a six month training course run in conjunction with Abu Dhabi University. The special course consisted of English language training, customer service skills and a comprehensive induction into Etihad Airways.

All agents are trained to handle calls from Etihads guests and travel trade partners regarding all manner of sales and reservations enquiries relating to the product and services of the airline.

The Al Ain Contact Centre will initially be a satellite office of the Abu Dhabi Global Contact Centre, handling Arabic calls and English calls from the UAE and GCC markets.

Etihads Abu Dhabi Global Centre has more than 200 employees from 23 nationalities. Currently 20% of the staff are UAE Nationals. It receives up to 150,000 calls every month. Etihad also has contact centres in Mumbai and Sydney.

Over time, as the centre in Al Ain grows, additional functions are expected to be transferred to the Al Ain Contact Centre.

The centre is open between 8am and 8pm seven days a week.

Recruitment Opportunities

There are a number of recruitment opportunities for UAE National ladies at the Al Ain Contact Centre and the airline has significant openings for suitable qualified UAE nationals for roles across all divisions.

The airline is also running an open day on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 from 10.00am until 4.00pm for UAE Nationals interested in positions at the Al Ain Contact Centre and across at the airline. People who are interested can visit the Al Ain Contact Centre, located in the Abu Dhabi University female campus in Falajhazza, Al Ain.

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