Revealed: Best companies to grow your career in UAE

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LinkedIn has revealed its annual list of the best companies for professionals to grow their careers and develop their skills.

Retail companies made up 40 per cent of the UAE’s 2021 top companies, reflecting the economic role the industry has been playing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leaders include Landmark Group, Majid Al Futtaim, Al Tayer Group, and Al Futtaim.

Two management and financial consultancy firms, PwC and Deloitte, were also among the companies making an impact in UAE’s professional world.

Mubadala, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), GE and Procter & Gamble (P&G) were also among the top workplaces to grow a career in the UAE.

According to LinkedIn, those companies have been investing in employee success, career development, internal affinity, and gender diversity, to ensure they continue to be among the best workplaces for employee growth as they embark upon a post-pandemic world.

Produced by the LinkedIn News team and driven by LinkedIn data, the list examines the career paths of millions of global professionals on the network and spans across 20 global markets.

It reflects the current state of the economy, showcasing how companies are navigating the ever-changing world of work.

"We are seeing companies spanning various sectors across the UAE, highlighting the possibilities of agility and growth across sectors," said Lynn Chouman, MENA News Editor at LinkedIn.


There are seven pillars, each revealing an important element of career progression inside a company and all based on LinkedIn data: the ability to advance, skills growth, company stability, external opportunity, company affinity, gender diversity, and educational background.

To be eligible, companies must have at least 500 employees as of Dec. 31, 2020 in the country and reductions in staff (including attrition and layoffs) can be no higher than 10% (based on LinkedIn data or public announcements).

The list excludes all staffing and recruiting firms, educational institutions, and government agencies. It also excludes LinkedIn, its parent company Microsoft and Microsoft subsidiaries.

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