Here is the change story told from a recruitment point of view.
Imagine you are sitting in London, in a top private equity shop, investment bank, or corporate. You are on top of your game, or looking for your next and last stop; But not ready to call quits – one more BIG thing to do.
If you receive a call from a recruiter about an opportunity in Saudi – how would you react? The typical response has been: “what…be serious…why on earth would I entertain moving in the first place, let alone go to Saudi? Oh no, not me…that’s for second-tier pros.” Or “how will I meet a girl, I can’t relate to the culture, all the glitz and the gold without the glamour. I am used to real quality, good service, good food, diverse cultures.”
Until very recently you would be excused for that reaction. I spent my formative years growing up in the Gulf and had pretty fixed views on Saudi and Riyadh was a no-go zone for me. Especially as a feminist. Now when that phone rings – like me, responses are starting to change. A lot of people are beginning to take a second look. In the world of property and investment, the game is really about two different things: spotting the next big thing and identifying long-term opportunities. Here, right now – my feeling is that Saudi is both. Executive placements, © All Rights Reserved.