Online professional network LinkedIn has released a list of the most viewed profiles in the UAE for 2016.
Compiled for the first time in the UAE, the list contains 45 profiles including CEOs from the public and private sector and executives from industries such as marketing and advertising, human resources, technology and lifestyle.
The list includes “professionals who have understood the importance of investing in their online personal brand and have succeeded in growing their employer’s brand by becoming its ambassadors,” said Ali Matar, head of LinkedIn Talent Solutions, Growth Markets, Southern Europe, Middle East and North Africa.
LinkedIn has over three million members in the UAE, and over 20 million members in the MENA region.
Most-viewed LinkedIn profiles in the UAE
(In alphabetical order within the categories)
Abdullatif Alsayegh, founder/CEO, Alsayegh Media
Alain Bejjani, CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Holding
Dr. Mohaymen Abdelghany, CEO, Al Zahra Hospital Dubai
Hatem Dowidar, CEO – International, Etisalat Group
Henrik Christiansen, CEO, Alshaya Enterprises
Linda A Clark, CEO, Corniche Hospital
Mohammed Abdul Rahim Al Fahim, CEO, Paris Gallery Group of Companies
Nigel J Green, CEO, deVere Group
Nilesh Khalkho, CEO, Sharaf DG
Peter Baumgartner, CEO, Etihad Airways
Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO, DXB Entertainments
Public sector executives
Abdulla AlMadani, CEO, Corporate Technology Support Services, Roads and Transport Authority
Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, director general, Smart Dubai Office
Arif Amiri, CEO, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority
Hamad Buamim, president and CEO, Dubai Chamber of Commerce
Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing
Manal Taryam, CEO, Primary Health Care Services Sector at Dubai Health Authority
Dr. Yousif Al Ali, CEO, Dubai Taxi Corporation, Roads and Transport Authority
Marketing and advertising
Elie Khouri, CEO, Omnicom Media Group MENA
Fadi Ghosn, chief marketing officer, Nissan Middle East
Filip Jabbour, CEO, GroupM MENA
Maryam Al Hamly, section head, Strategic Communications, Office of the Government Communications
Raja Al Mazrouei, senior vice president, Marketing and Corporate Communications, DIFC
Christer Hansen, Global Talent Acquisition lead and head of Talent Management IMEA, Damco
Hessa Al Ghurair, Commercial Bank International
John Harker, chief human resources officer, Al-Futtaim
Nawaz Mahmood, former chief human resources officer, Independent Food
Obaid Al Shamsi, chief of HR and Admin, Dubai Islamic Bank
Srinivas Rajagopalan, chief human resources officer, Landmark Group
Vaneeta Chhugani, chief human capital officer, Apparel Group
Wassim Eid,chief human resources officer, Chalhoub Group
Anvita Varshney, COO, OLX – Middle East and Africa, Naspers Limited
Arjen Radder, CEO – Middle East and Turkey, Philips
Dr. Dalya Al Muthanna, president and CEO Gulf, GE
Dr. Yousuf Almarzooqi, senior vice president, ABB
Karim Amin, CEO– Global Sales Power and Gas, Siemens
Mudassir Sheikha, founder and managing director, Careem
Philippe Boué, managing director – Middle East, Schindler
Thea C Myhrvold, founder and CEO, TeachMeNow.com
Alex Iborra, flagship manager, Burberry
Nisreen Shocair, president, Virgin Megastore MENA
Pascal Jansen, executive chef, Meydan Hotels and Hospitality
Philippe Zuber, president and COO, One & Only Resorts
Victoria Gandit Lelandais, head of External Relations, Alserkal Avenue
Tips to improve your LinkedIn profile
Start with a professional photo: Go with the cleanest, most professional looking snapshot you have.
Make your headline stand out: By default, LinkedIn populates your headline with your job title and current company, but you can alter it to specify your specialty. Try to keep your headline to about 10 words.
Fill out the summary field with your biggest achievements: Use bullets to make this easy to read. You can also add media files, including videos.
Add images or documents to your experience: Create a visual portfolio along with your standard resume information.
Fill out as much of the profile as possible: That includes skills, volunteer associations, education, etc. One quick note – if your volunteer experience directly pertains to your job search, put it in as work history, so it’s up in the relevant section, not down at the bottom.
Keep your work history relevant: You don’t need to list every single job you ever had. Instead, only list the jobs that are relevant to your current career goals.
Add links to relevant sites: If you have a work-related blog or online portfolio, make use of the three URLs you are allowed on your profile and link to it. But, use discretion.
Ask for recommendations: Reach out to past colleagues, managers, and associates and request them for recommendations.
Use status updates to share industry-relevant content: This can help show recruiters that you are focussed and in-the-know in your industry.