US and UAE creating jobs of the future: AmCham Abu Dhabi executive

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Liz Beneski, Chief Executive Director of AmCham Abu Dhabi.
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  • AmCham Abu Dhabi is the American Business Group of Abu Dhabi, a member of the global network of American Chambers of Commerce.
  • Liz Beneski, Chief Executive Director of AmCham Abu Dhabi, said the UAE is probably the only country in the world that does business with all 50 states of the US.

American companies are creating a framework for future jobs, which is a new area of cooperation between the US and the UAE, a senior executive of an American business body has said.

“We’re actually creating a curriculum in American companies for jobs that don’t exist. So, the US and the UAE are having a lot of discussions about how you educate a young population for a job that we don’t even know that we need for a job that doesn’t exist!” Liz Beneski, Chief Executive Director of AmCham Abu Dhabi, told local media.

AmCham Abu Dhabi is the American Business Group of Abu Dhabi, a member of the global network of American Chambers of Commerce.

Beneski made these comments while talking about the new trends among the US businesses in the UAE. Many of them are operating in new and emerging sectors such as fintech, agriculture technology, education technology, medical technology and e-mobility. There are major players in the cybersecurity and space sectors as well, the local media reports said.

“There are other important industries that are being born here and elsewhere. COVID-19 has changed how everyone works, so there is a rebirth in the wellness and the happiness of staff, employees and colleagues. There’s a focus again on education,” she said, adding that all age groups need to upskill and learn new technologies to cope with the changing trends.
American technologies will support that trend as US companies are creating a domain for such future opportunities, she said.

“I would say, as the UAE loves to say the impossible is possible, we have to invent new industries for issues and opportunities that are currently coming to the fore. American technology is certainly complementary to all the discoveries and opportunities here in the UAE,” Beneski said.

AmCham’s 35 years Formed 35 years ago by a group of American businesspersons, AmCham Abu Dhabi currently has over 400 businesspersons as members and represents industry sectors such as energy, oil and gas, renewables, healthcare, defence, aerospace, cybersecurity, project management, education, technology, finance and fintech.

About 20 percent of the members are women and many of them serve in the C-suite level.

She said the UAE is probably the only country in the world that does business with all 50 states of the US.

“The UAE brings jobs to Americans by buying American goods. The UAE is one of the top investors in the US,” she added.

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