Unemployment of expats low in the Middle East

A new report is shedding some light on the unemployment situation in the Middle East, which officials said could grow to more than 10 percent this year without specific job creation strategies.

The report from the International Labour Organization (ILO) found that unemployment in Qatar is lower than in other Middle East countries at 0.6 percent, including among expatriates, whose residents permits are linked to their employment, according to Arab News.

Meanwhile, public works officials in Qatar said the demand for labor is at an all-time high, as the country prepares for the 2022 Football World Cup, Albawaba News reports.

Employment officials said they are trying to convince executives from the West to consider jobs in the region as construction companies look to hire hundreds of project managers, civil engineers and technical designers, despite recruitment challenges.

"Those who know little about the region can only fall back on what they see on their television screens everyday and they assume that the troubles in certain parts of the region have affected every part," said Bernhard Ward, country manager at Reed Global, Doha. "That couldn’t be further from the truth and we are having to work very hard to change that perception for potential candidates."