AF25746 - Director of Arabic Studies| Al Futtaim Group | Dubai, UAE

Department: Corporate
Country: United Arab Emirates
Location: Dubai | UAE
Closing Date: 20-Feb-2017

Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim is one of the most progressive regional business houses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Al-Futtaim employs in excess of 44,000 people, operates through more than 200 companies and represents more than 225 international brands across industries as diverse as retail and wholesale trading, distribution, real estate development, leisure and hospitality, insurance and financial services. The group has significantly expanded its business operations in recent years through a strategic acquisition plan and has entered a number of new territories, increasing its footprint beyond the GCC and Greater Middle East to encompass Africa, South East and North Asia, Australasia, East Africa and Europe.

Entrepreneurship and rigorous customer focus has enabled Al-Futtaim to grow its business by responding to the changing needs of the customers and societies in which it operates. Al-Futtaim is committed to offering customers an unrivalled choice of the world’s best brands with exceptional standards of customer service and after sales support.

Structured into four operational divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate and retail, Al-Futtaim maintains a decentralised approach, giving individual businesses flexibility and versatility to maintain a competitive stance. This benefits employees, providing a clearly defined work culture where individuals are empowered with authority and responsibility for their work.

The success of Al-Futtaim is attributed to proactively managing change whilst upholding the values of integrity, service and social responsibility. The majority of businesses, built on a portfolio of world leading brands, dominate their sector.


Al-Futtaim Group Divisions include Al-Futtaim Travel, GMASCO, and shared services for IT, Finance and HR. Audit, Legal, Treasury and Investment Management are also managed at a Group level.


Toyota, Honda, Marks &Spencers, Ikea, Toys R Us and Dubai Festival City are just some of the amazing stable of world renowned brands managed by the Al Futtaim Group of Companies. Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim is one of the most progressive regional business houses in the Gulf region. Today, Al-Futtaim operates through more than 65 companies in sectors as diverse as commerce, industry and services, and employs in excess of 20,000 people across the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Pakistan, Singapore and Europe.

Al-Futtaim is regarded as a pioneer in the Gulf region's Automotive industry and encompasses every aspect of the Automotive business; from passenger and commercial vehicles and construction equipment sales and service, to used car sales and rental and leasing. The Automotive Division is currently eMDarking on an aggressive 5 years expansion plan

About the Position:

The Director of Arabic Studies will promote high quality education emphasising on providing linguistic proficiency and understanding of culture, history and politics in the UAE and beyond. The Director is expected to advance the School’s mission by attracting, mentoring and retaining the highest quality faculty, expanding and broadening the school’s research activities and funding, maintaining innovative educational programs and fostering public engagement and outreach.

The Director of Arabic Studies will also act as a Senior Adviser to the Senior Leadership Team in the Group and act a mentor for students enrolled in the Arabic Studies program.

He/she will be a key member in promoting Arabic language and culture across the Education Foundation and the Group.

As an active member of the Al-Futtaim Group and the Education Foundation, the Director of Arabic Studies has the responsibility of leadership of the academic program and activities associated with Arabic Studies.

Key accountabilities will include: 

  • Provide leadership, guidance and direction to the Schools and the Group regarding Arabic Studies.
  • Champion the teaching mission of the School’s Arabic Studies program, including engagement of the student community.
  • Contribute to the teaching, curriculum and program development.
  • Provide guidance on matters related to recruitment, retention, management and development of faculty.
  • Lead a team of academically strong and diverse individuals
  • Develop, articulate and execute a clear vision of the Arabic Studies that is inclusive of the mission of the Education Foundation.
  • Actively encourage and support the professional and academic development of the faculty.
  • Establish relationship of trust, collaboration and respect between faculty, Group, and the community.

Through exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, the Director of Arabic Studies will assure that the Education Foundation and its mission and programs are consistently presented in a strong and positive image to relevant internal and external stakeholders.

This role is based in Dubai and reports to the  Managing Director - Al Futtaim Education Foundation.


About You:

The succesful candidate should meet the below requirements: 

Minimum Qualifications and Knowledge

Master’s degree in Arabic Studies or a related academic disciplinary area from an accredited university.

Minimum Experience:

10 years of experience in teaching and leading Arabic Studies, preferably both internationally and in the GCC region. The successful candidate must possess an outstanding teaching and leadership track record. He/she should possess a record of success, innovation and engagement, with a high level of academic and professional awareness.

Job-Specific Skills

Excellent knowledge of the Education sector. Superior communication skills in Arabic to successfully represent the Foundation.



Note: you will be required to attach the following: 1. Resume/CV
Al-Futtaim offers highly engaging and supportive work environments in a culture that values, recognises and rewards quality performance.