Coursera’s Global Skills Report 2021 ranks UAE #2 Globally for Business Skills

The share of STEM course enrollments by women in the UAE also increased from 33% pre-pandemic to 41% in 2020

According to Coursera’s Global Skills Report 2021, the UAE ranks #1 in the MENA region and #2 globally in overall business skills, only after Luxemburg. This year’s study draws on performance data since the pandemic’s onset from more than 77 million learners on the platform to benchmark skills proficiency across business, technology, and data science for over 100 countries.

Communication, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Management, and Strategy and Operations are areas where UAE learners have placed within the top 97 percentile or higher in business skills. These proficiencies are fundamental to accurately interpret and respond to the opportunities and challenges that determine an organization’s success.

While UAE’s overall business skills proficiency ranks near the top of the list globally, technology and data science skills represent areas for continued growth. With the UAE government’s prioritisation of digital transformation as a driver of national development and economic advancement, the Global Skills Report highlights a significant opportunity for UAE professionals to upskill in these fields — the country’s talent pools for technology and data science skills ranked just #72 and #71 respectively.

 “In recent years, the UAE government has implemented numerous initiatives, aimed at promoting a skills-based economy. These are having a positive impact on the economy as evidenced by the UAE’s business leadership position in our rankings,” said Anthony Tattersall, Coursera Vice President of EMEA, “When it comes to technology and data science skills, access to a variety of job-relevant credentials, including a path to entry-level digital jobs, will be key to help reskill at scale, not just in the UAE but worldwide”.

It was, however, promising to see an increase in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) course enrollments – which account for many foundational digital skills – by women in the UAE. The share of STEM enrollments from women in the UAE rose from 33 percent in 2018-19 to 41 percent in 2019-20. 

Another notable outlier in the overall technology skills performance of the country was its competitiveness in Security Engineering, where the UAE ranked in the 77 percentile. With the country witnessing a 250% increase in cyberattacks through the pandemic[1], there has been a strong emphasis on attracting and developing cybersecurity skills within the UAE, which helps explain this high ranking.

Similarly, despite scoring in just the 34 percentile in overall data science skills, UAE learners have demonstrated strong capabilities in the highly-valued area of Data Analysis (82 percent), which is increasingly playing a part in everything from streamlining business processes and enhancing employee productivity, to recognising market trends, and adapting to customer behaviours and preferences.

Based on the performance data of millions of learners on Coursera globally, the report also reveals the skills and time required to prepare for entry-level roles:

  • Recent graduates and mid-career changers can develop entry-level, digital job skills in as little as 35 to 70 hours (or 1-2 months with 10 learning hours per week). On the other hand, someone with no degree or technology experience can be job-ready in 80 to 240 hours (or 2-6 months with 10 learning hours per week).
  • Learners must invest in both soft and technical skills to stay job-relevant in a rapidly evolving labour market. For example, an entry-level cloud computing role like a Computer Support Specialist requires learning both soft skills like problem solving and organizational development, and technical skills such as security engineering and computer networking. Similarly, entry-level marketing roles require data analysis software and digital marketing skills in addition to soft skills like strategy, creativity, and communication.
  • The most transferable skills across all future jobs are in human skills like problem solving and communication, computer literacy, and career management. Foundational skills like business communication and digital literacy enable workers to participate in increasingly tech-heavy and global work environments. As people change jobs more frequently, job search and career planning skills will be critical to role transitions and sustaining employment.

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Epson research foresees high Middle East demand for technologically enhanced events

Demand will be strong for social events and concerts, especially with immersive technologies, as restrictions are being lifted

New research commissioned by Epson, the leading global projector manufacturer[1], reveals there will be a strong ‘bounce back’ for the events industry as restrictions are being lifted in the Middle East. The research, which was announced at the Theatre of Digital Art (ToDA) in Dubai today, was designed with the assistance of Professor Steven Taylor[2], a leading psychologist and expert in the impact of pandemics on social behaviour – suggesting that the UAE and Saudi Arabia markets will be more inclined to attend social events, such as concerts, visitor attractions and immersive technological experiences.

Epson is the world’s leading manufacturer of projectors with over a third share of the global projector market – and its high lumenlaser projectors have been used to create immersive and interactive experiential environments. The research has helped Epson gauge how the industry was going to respond after the pandemic.

The survey of 4,000 event-loving consumers from 9 countries across EMEA – with 500 respondents from UAE and Saudi Arabia – revealed that 87% are planning to go to the same or a greater number of technologically enhanced events and attractions as restrictions are being lifted – out of which 64% resonated with the sentiment that technologically enhanced events ‘Make Me Happy’ or are ‘Good for My Soul’.

Among Middle East respondents, 75% have missed going to technologically enhanced events and attractions during the lockdown, with Saudi Arabia being the highest with 80% followed by 69% in the UAE. About three quarters (73%) of respondents in the Middle East cannot wait for their life to get back to normal – like in 2019.

“The survey indicates that the overwhelming majority of people are eager to resume their pre-pandemic social lives, which includes attending live experiential events,” Professor Steven Taylor commented. “This underscores the fact that people are resilient and that most will bounce-back to their pre-pandemic levels of socialising, regardless of how they are feeling right now.

“People will want to get out and socialise and this move will happen rapidly. In fact, I’m expecting that there will be a short-lived period of hyper sociability, a kind of mini roaring ’20s as people just bounce back. Live events will play a large role in this.”

Analysis of the findings with the assistance of Professor Steven Taylor also suggests that people may have understated their eagerness to attend live events, and the return to in-person events will be even greater than anticipated. 

As the events industry has been strongly impacted by the pandemic, the most promising result suggests that people would pay a higher price for events if it supported the people impacted by the pandemic within the sector. A high proportion (88%) in both UAE and Saudi Arabia are willing to pay more to attend events if they knew it was supporting people working in the events industry. Amongst those who are prepared to pay more, overall 86% said they would be prepared to pay more for up to 12 months.

Neil Colquhoun, Vice President of CISMEA, Epson Europe, added: “The events industry needs to prepare itself for an unprecedented surge in demand once lockdown ends. It is probable that the bounce back will be even stronger than people might imagine. The research tells us that amongst those consumers who have attended one or more events during the last two years, almost all have missed attending events, are looking forward to going to new events and are planning to go to the same number or more events once lockdown ends.”

“The events industry has suffered badly during lockdown, but this research shows there is light at the end of the tunnel. We can expect a serious party mood post-pandemic and organisers of events and attractions will now be readying themselves to make the most of the surge in demand,” Colquhoun added.

We are happy to announce that the Theatre of Digital Art is using Epson’s state-of-the-art projectors for the ‘Being Van Gogh’ multi-sensory, multi-media immersive exhibition of Van Gogh’s paintings in Souk Madinat Jumeirah.

Gabriel Afrim, General Manager of Theatre of Digital Art (ToDA), said: “As the events scene in Dubai and the Middle East begins to open up post-pandemic, immersive events are key for attracting visitors, and giving them new levels of engagement with art, music, and culture. The Theatre of Digital Arts’ use of Epson projectors in ‘Being Van Gogh’ has delivered high levels of guest satisfaction and repeat visitors, along with striking colour that brings to life Van Gogh’s paintings, and optimised costs and low levels of projector servicing.”

Epson is the world’s leading manufacturer of projectors with over a third share of the global projector market. It specialises in manufacturing compact, versatile, high brightness 3LCD laser projection technology for homes, offices, schools, retailers and for large-scale installations in entertainment venues, museums, galleries, outdoor events and visitor attractions.

Epson high lumen laser projectors are used to create immersive and interactive experiential environments at major venues and visitor attractions across the world. Recent examples of Epson’s AV technology in use include the Electric Forest Music Festival in America, the TeamLab Borderless installation in Shanghai and the international Festival of Lights in Europe.

[1] Epson is the global leading projector manufacturer for both volume and value market share according to data by Futuresource. Epson’s high lumens laser projectors are used extensively across the events industry to create experiential enhanced environments including projection mapping at festivals, live performances, arts and entertainment venues, museums, galleries and visitor attractions.

[2] Professor Steven Taylor is a worldwide authority on the impact of pandemics on human social behaviour. In October 2019 he published a book entitled the Psychology of Pandemics and has given Ted talks on the psychological impact of Covid.

Lovisa Launches its SS21 Collection

Bringing brilliantly affordable, on-trend jewellery to the world

Lovisa has launched its SS21 jewellery collection across all its stores in the Middle East. The new collection stays true to Lovisa’s mission to bring brilliantly affordable, on-trend jewellery to all social butterflies, trendsetters and fashionistas and hosts the much-anticipated Couture and Hair Accessory collections.

From earrings, rings, necklaces, watches, body jewellery, and hair accessories this SS21 Lovisa continues to create seasonal fashion-inspired jewellery at ready-to-wear prices that are perfect for the hotter months ahead and the easy-breezy looks of the season.

The brand’s trend spotting departments worldwide have taken inspiration from couture runways and current street style to deliver new, must-have designs this spring-summer. As a fashion-forward jewellery brand that caters to every woman, the Lovisa SS21 collection hosts up to 150 new styles every week, including the signature best-selling Sterling Silver Jewellery and Body Packs, reinforcing its ethos that ‘It’s about her, always’.

After launching its first store in April 2010, Lovisa can now be found in 15 countries globally.

Prices from:  AED 19- 299

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