Maersk Oil holds Qatarisation award ceremony

Over 50 Qatari employees were recognised for their work in 2014

Maersk Oil has set ambitious nationalisation targets for 2017.
Maersk Oil has set ambitious nationalisation targets for 2017.

Maersk Oil Qatar held its annual Qatarisation awards ceremony this week, to recognise the people and initiatives that have supported the company's efforts to hire and develop the nation's future workforce.

Over 50 Qatari employees were recognised for their work and efforts in 2014 and for long service and outstanding achievement.

A number of employees that have played a significant role in advancing Qatarisation, as either mentors or managers were also recognised at the ceremony.

The event was attended by representatives from Qatar Petroleum (QP), Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Qatar University (QU), and the College of North Atlantic (CNA). 

After Maersk Oil introduced a new Qatarisation strategy last year the number of Qatari employees in the company increased by 12% from the year before with the total headcount of Qatari nationals estimated at 215 by the end of 2014.

The strategy's main focus was to develop employees' leadership skills via mentoring and training courses and provide them with further educational opportunities such as MBAs.

In his opening address Sheikh Faisal bin Fahad Al-Thani, deputy managing director of Maersk Oil Qatar said: "The recruitment, retention and development of Qatari nationals is of utmost importance to Maersk Oil .

"As the operator of Qatar's largest offshore oilfield Al Shaheen, which contributes around 40% of the country's oil production, we have a responsibility to ensure the sustainable development of this important national asset.

"We are firmly committed to providing the best career development opportunities for nationals, and to supporting this country's future development under the National Vision 2030."

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