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About Cobalt Recruitment

Cobalt was established in Abu Dhabi in January 2009 to offer high quality HR consultancy, specialist search and recruitment services in the MENA Region. The business has grown steadily since then and now, with a second office opening in Dubai in 2013, works extensively within the fields of Financial Services, Construction, Property & Engineering, IT & Fintech, Business Support, Sales & Marketing and UAE Nationals/Emiratization.

Operating from Dubai, we are excited to be part of what is happening, both here in the UAE and in the wider region. We contribute by playing a key role in identifying and attracting the very best talent to ensure the region’s potential is realised. Our successful development has been a direct result of the fact that our long-standing sector expertise is neatly aligned with the needs of the UAE and GCC Markets. Within the UAE, Cobalt also understands the importance of Emiratization in ensuring the long-term success of the UAE economy. We have therefore pro-actively developed a strong network of UAE Nationals within our specialist areas to ensure that we can offer a truly local solution wherever possible.

On an international basis, Cobalt is known for recruiting, training and retaining high quality consultants and offering all employees the opportunity to advance and develop their career in different markets. This ensures that they develop as broad an understanding of their sectors as possible.

The UAE Team currently consists of specialists focusing on the following areas:

Sector Coverage

Our Relationships

Cobalt’s consultants understand the importance of strong relationships, and this is especially true in the MENA Region. We work hard to develop a deep understanding of our clients’ cultures and strategic objectives. This knowledge gives us a unique ability to recruit at all professional levels, adding value to organisations immediately and in the future. Consultants at Cobalt have an impressive knowledge of their specialist sector, often having been attracted to Cobalt directly from industry.

The MENA Recruitment Market has steadily grown since 2012 and it has done so in a more patient and sustainable fashion than was the case in the years before the global financial crisis. As a result, the market is now more robust and sophisticated than has ever been the case and there remains scope for plenty more evolution and growth. The health of certain sectors will obviously always be tied to the oil price but, as the region’s key economies continue to diversify, the medium to long-term outlook from the recruitment perspective is bright, especially as Dubai and Doha gear up for EXPO 2020 and the 2022 Football World Cup respectively.

Our global clients

  • ACO
  • Akelius
  • Berkeley
  • BNP
  • British Land
  • BUWOG
  • Capital Real Estate
  • CBRE
  • Cuesko
  • The Crown Estate
  • Deutsche Annington
  • DTZ Research
  • Gazeley
  • Generali
  • Great Portland Estates
  • Grainger
  • Hammerson
  • Knight Frank
  • Lands Improvement
  • Legal & General
  • Optic
  • Savills
  • William Hill

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