A closer look at Vanguard MENA’s ‘Gulf Career Program’

A private equity firm based in the Middle East, Vanguard MENA, has dispelled rumors of their Gulf Career Program being a scam. DNO reached out to the organization inquiring further into its offering amidst a sea of apparently fraudulent opportunities labelled as “Gulf Career” programs. In response, Public Relations official Mr. Mohamed Zaid identified the company as “a reputable platform solely dedicated to fostering career development and providing comprehensive training opportunities for individuals looking to work and live in the Gulf Region.”

When asked about consumer complaints that had been circulating online, Mr Zaid further stated that “the Gulf Career Program distinguishes itself from numerous recruitment scams in the region by steering clear of any promise of guaranteed employment at a specific company. Unlike fraudulent practices, we never ask job seekers to pay for interviews. Instead, our program fees grant access to a wide range of valuable resources.”

Emphasizing the transparency of the program, he distanced the Vanguard MENA program from companies that were named in an online forum and had allegedly defrauded several complainants.

Three of the  allegedly fraudulent companies listed are:

1. Gulfcareers.in
2. Naukrifastforward
3. Dubaijobs.net

Regarding the required fees, Zaid encouraged prospective applicants to further look into the benefits listed on the first page of the website, and clarified that the purpose of payment is to provide “…access to our comprehensive training platform, inclusive of training materials, cultural integration programs, seminars, networking events, and various program-related activities.”

Additionally, he stressed that the fees which are required, are not a guarantee of placement or job securement, but an “investment [which] ensures that participants receive a holistic and well-supported learning experience.”

The Program, which follows the Global Labor Market Conference 2023 held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, focuses on the economies of Saudi Arabia and the UAE and is reported to be aligned with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and the UAE Economic Vision 2030.

According to Vanguard MENA, the target is to secure 100,000 participants within the global reach of 56 countries, ensuring that the program’s aim of attracting talent to the Gulf region will span territories in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and The Caribbean. Another reported goal of the program is to stimulate international career development.

A press release disseminated by the organization states that the launch is set to unfold in stages, with the Caribbean taking the lead in open registration up to February 15, 2024, followed by scheduled local interviews and career seminars being conducted from March 12, 2024.

More information may be found on the organization’s website here:


For due diligence, see consumer complaints at:


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  1. dissident
    January 11, 2024

    if de program can’t say that Dominica is guaranteed at least 50 jobs/positions this sounds like a grain of salt in a barrel.
    nothing is guarantee and we have to qualify in a pool of people across North and South America and the Caribbean.
    when large foreign companies from China come to our shores they have confirmed positions for all of their workers…….if it’s because we lack de skills….how do we compare on this larger market then

  2. Bwa-Banday
    January 11, 2024

    I will say it again to my people. Dcans, please be careful of job offers in the Middle East. Things are absolutely rough in Dca now and folks are runing like they are being chased by a dozen pitbulls that have not eaten anything in a year. Just ask Daryl Tick….the Starboy Olympic Sprinter. Not even a Greyhound could catch him on his way to ANU. It is said that LIAT never knew they could fly so fast until he boarded and and gave the order to moveeee. Many who worked in the Middle East and survived the conditions are scarred for life. You will always be an INFIDEL in the eyes of these people.

    I beg the government of Dca to initiate contact with the governments of the Phillipines, Thailand, Brunei, Malaysia India and even the USA for such important information so it can inform its citizens accordingly. Believe me, our people really need these jobs “if” they are truely available but precaution is better than cure. Be warned Dcans, be very careful!

  3. Putin
    January 11, 2024

    Great work, DNO. Good that you sought the story behind the news.

    I would press on though by asking a source unrelated to Vanguard MENA. Dominica has an Ambassador to the UAE. He should be asked to enlighten and guide Dominicans wishing to avail themselves of the opportunity.

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