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Expiry Date: 2014/10/04
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Zayed University

Convention Center & Events Manager - Campus Services - Zayed University - Abu Dhabi
Zayed University

Job Description

The University

Zayed University, a premier university in the United Arab Emirates, is an innovative institution based on an international model of higher education. With approximately 550 full-time faculty serving approximately 9500 undergraduate and 1000 graduate students on its campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the University prepares graduates to become leaders in government, business, civil society, and family life. The University expects its graduates to be competent in English and Arabic, proficient in the use of computing technology, and strong in quantitative and research skills. English is the primary language of instruction and administration. Zayed University is fully accredited in the UAE and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in the US.

The Opportunity

We are seeking to hire a manager to ensure the effective operation of the University’s Convention Center, managing the planning and logistics for major events taking place at the University, while developing the commercial business base of the Center to ensure profitability.

The Responsibilities

Manages (plans, organizes, develops and controls) the Convention Center and Events Department, which consists of the following responsibilities:

Business Development

• Researches markets to identify opportunities for events which
can be held on campus.

• Develops external client relationships and the subsequent conversion of sales leads into actual confirmed reservations which will generate revenue.

• Responsible for the development of marketing collateral related to the Convention Center & liaises with Dubai Convention Center for changes to existing or on creation of new materials to ensure consistency

• Promotion & Public Relations - Host promotional networking events to update and remind the local market of the venue.

Operational Management

• Manages the systems required for the effective operation of the Convention Center.

• Manages event requests in line with the University’s policies and procedures

• Work closely with Serco to ensure that all of their pre-event requirements are met


• Drafts the Convention Center’s plans and budgets.

• Develops and maintains records and information, representing the Convention Center Department and University as appropriate

• Develops and implements training programs and workshops aligned to the University strategic plan and vision.

The Requirements

• Must possess relevant advanced training/education and qualification; Master’s degree is preferred.

• Demonstrated expertise in event management/operations as well as sales and business development

• High-level computer literacy

• Knowledge of the local U.A.E market is essential

• Fluency in English and Arabic.

• Ability to travel between Abu Dhabi and Dubai

• Ability to work outside of normal working hours as required by the venue

• Demonstrated expertise in event management/operations as well as sales and business development

• Commercial acumen and ability to gather and analyze market data

• Knowledge of event management systems and tracking tools

The Benefits

The University’s benefits package is highly attractive, with competitive salaries free of tax in the U.A.E., housing, a furniture allowance, annual vacation airline tickets for the employee and immediate family, educational subsidies for children and healthcare is provided to the employee and sponsored family members. 

To Apply

Please visit our web site and click on the Employment tab to be directed to the recruitment website.

While we appreciate all applications, you will be contacted only if you are selected for an interview.



Job Details

  • Job Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Company Industry: Education, Training, and Library
  • Requirements : Employer (Public Sector)
  • Job Role: Administration
  • Number of Vacancies: 1

Preferred Candidate

  • Career Level: Management