About us

Our story

Hoyamal was formed in 2017 by John Fawls and Ed French, both having worked for leading global businesses with excellent track records in recruiting key talent in the MENA region.

Their dream was to create a truly amazing place to work for experienced recruitment experts that would subsequently deliver a first-class service for Hoyamal clients.

What is Hoyamal?

Inspired by the rich history of our adopted home, the name "Hoyamal" is borrowed from the inspirational songs sang by Emirati pearl fisherman - the once leading industry of the Persian Gulf.

Pearl diving was an extremely unforgiving and dangerous profession. Fisherman would endure extreme weather conditions with frequent fatalities on deep dives. 

To raise morale the fisherman would chant and sing songs to motivate them to complete their voyages. 

These were known as "Hoyamal" songs.

Year Established 2017

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Meet the team

John Fawls


Ed French


Jamie King

Senior Consultant

Laura Hale

Associate Director

Kate Bramwell

Head of Legal & Compliance Recruitment

Lara Hall

Head of Real Estate & Hospitality

Join us

We are always on the look out for experienced recruitment experts who share our passion for success, health and happiness.

Life at Hoyamal

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Whether you're looking to grow your team or find your next career opportunity.

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