I actually saw an ad a while ago where it specified "No fat candidates"
The attitude here is younger = cheaper. If you are over 45 unless you are aiming for senior management or come with an exceptionally rare combination of skills that are in high demand, its not going to be easy...
Dubizzle isn't the worst. Look at Gulf News job ads. A typical one reads:
"Male, Hindu, married Indian passport holder aged between 26 and 27, height 1.7m to 1.75m, weight 65-70kg, fluent in Hindi, English and Arabic, with 2-3 years relevant Dubai experience and UAE driving licence wanted for work as a driver"
I've seen many ads specifying a desired age group. Some companies want a resent photo so I would assume it is some sort of age discrimination too.
Plenty of ads also specify male/female or which nationality they want.
The dubizzle ads are quite hilarious reading. A lot of the ads pay no attention to grammar, spelling and bluntly demand what they want.
How about this one: "We need a designer for our company. Only Indian & Pakistani candidates applied. Visit visa persons will be obliged."
Or this: "Candidate must have good knowledge of designing softwares Salary is 1500/- Accommodation not provided Only interested candidates No silliness please "
In Denmark we have some pretty seriuos rules about discrimination - you can hardly require your application to be female even if you're looking for a bra-model...
I rather prefer to look at it as not wasting peoples time. We're not allowed to write that we're looking for someone young, or within a specific agre group (say 25-35). But the fact is, eventhough we then dont write it in the ad, we'll just shred every application that doesnt really fit with the type of person we're looking for.
Yes, race discrimination isnt okay - but if you previously had excellent experience with russians and chinese women between 30 and 45 in your store - well, why is it so bad to look for that again...