The setting up of the office in Dubai is in response to an increasing demand for Watson Wyatt’s services in the Middle East. Watson Wyatt Dubai will build upon an existing large portfolio of human resource strategy and strategic reward consulting work Watson Wyatt has been undertaking for clients in the region over many years.
The partnership is aimed at supporting public and private sector organizations across the Gulf in their pursuit of reaching international standards of excellence in human capital strategies and programs.
“We are extremely pleased to be developing this venture with the support of the Dubai government,” said Simon Gilliat, global director for Watson Wyatt’s international practice.
“The opportunities in the UAE and the wider Gulf are tremendous and working in partnership with the KHDA gives us an excellent opportunity to understand fully the needs and culture of the Gulf region. This, in turn, will enable us to contribute to the vision and success of the GCC countries and their emerging local businesses.”
Initially, Watson Wyatt Dubai will focus on human capital and strategic reward consulting. The firm hopes to build a team of 20 to 30 consultants in Dubai within the next 12 months.
“This on-the-ground presence will also strengthen our service offering to existing and prospective multinational clients operating on the Arabian Peninsula,” said Clare Muhiudeen, European practice head for Watson Wyatt’s human capital group. “Together with the recent completion of an acquisition in Sweden, the new office in Dubai is a reflection of the growing demand for our human capital consulting services.”
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