If you're like me and you've been spending waaay too much time on Instagram lately, then you've definitely seen the hashtag #HireMoreArabs popping up. Allow me to explain. Creatives and people online have been calling out publications for not employing enough Middle Eastern men and women, whether it be on the sales or editorial sides of the team.
It's also being argued that those who *are* being hired, are mostly taking up the positions of 'Arabic editors' or translators.
This is definitely a problem not just across the UAE, but the Middle East. If you're wondering how we can change that and do better, then worry not. Saudi influencer and serial entrepreneur Alaa AlBalkhy is one of many who has been speaking out for #HireMoreArabs. The exceptional artist and businesswoman has shared a google doc onto her social media platform to share with the world.
No matter what creative field you specialise in, you have got a place. And your talents should be shared. This 'Arabs Creative Directory,' created alongside other change-makers in the ME, highlights the countless of pages and people who are going unnoticed.
If you are an Arab creative (or anyone, really), make sure to fill the form, share this list and spread the word.
Click here to find the form.