Hi. I am the owner of a growing start-up in Cairo. Our small company has been growing consistently over the past few years, and we’ve decided that now is the right time to add a full HR team to our company structure. Before beginning the interview process, what do I need to know about effective HR professionals and teams, so that I can ensure that the professionals I hire are high performers?

There’s a war going on for talent in the UAE and it means HR directors need to “keep up” today to recruit and keep staff for the future workplace.

The accounting, finance and technology recruitment agency Robert Half interviewed 75 Emirates-based HR directors and found that 40 per cent say the top challenge is the war for talent, closely followed by talent management at 39 per cent.

It was 42 years ago when the founders of the nation gathered to announce the unification of the UAE. The feelings that mesmerise from that historical occasion are overwhelming, as we imagine the hardship they had to encounter and the decisions they had to make to have them stand tall under that flagpole in Dubai on December 2, 1971. No doubt they had one priority in mind, the interest of their citizens who are the core of this country.

As the “Year of Emiratisation” draws towards a close, the FNC is discussing the incorporation of a law to drive forward Emirati employment in the private sector and decrease the high rates of unemployment among the UAE’s national population. Although I think such a law might be a quick-fix remedy it definitely comes with its own challenges. Here are a few things we all should be aware of should such a law comed to be enforced.