Sheikh Mohammed’s 10 steps for Emiratisation; here’s how it affects expats


Training programmes will be designed to build and develop 18,000 national cadres over the next three years.

The UAE Cabinet adopted 10 strategic resolutions to support Emiratisation on Sunday during a meeting chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi.

The new resolutions are part of the outcomes of the committee, chaired by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, to implement the ‘Letter of the New Season’, which seeks to reinforce the country’s economic and community performance in all sectors.

The resolutions were issued during the Cabinet meeting attended by Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said, “The UAE will keep attracting global talents, the key driving force to our economy. We will support the private sector to achieve balance in our job market and our fast-growing economy will keep providing millions of opportunities for Emiratis and residents.”

“Human capital is the fuel of nations. Uniting efforts of our national cadres and foreign talents will accelerate our journey towards the future,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

During the meeting, the cabinet also approved the amendment of the Federal Bankruptcy Law and approved hosting the World Conference on Creative Economy as part of Expo 2020 Dubai.

According to the UAE Cabinet, the 10 resolutions that support Emiratisation in ministries, federal entities, federal and local government and semi-government organizations among other economic sectors include:

1. Issuing regulations and setting new targets to provide 20,000 job opportunities for Emiratis in strategic sectors including civil aviation, telecommunications, banking, insurance and real estate development sectors over the next three years, with an average of 6,700 jobs annually. Following an extensive plan, Emirati employees shall be integrated in positions that meet their skills and expertise in vital sectors.

2. Allocating a Dh300 million fund to create specialised training programmes that prepare and empower Emirati jobseekers with theoretical and applied skills to enhance performance in all sectors. The programmes will contribute to nurturing necessary skills and empowering Emiratis to offer an added value to the private sector, which plays an integral role in the country’s development.

3. Adopting a new system to train 8,000 Emiratis graduates annually in government, semi-government and private entities for 6-12 months with a Dh10,000 salary, 40 percent of which will be covered by the government.

4. Launching specialised diplomas across Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE to prepare and train Emiratis for the workplace. Training programmes will be designed to build and develop 18,000 national cadres over the next three years.

5. Allocating a portion of VAT revenues, on the federal and local level, to creating graduate development programmes that empower and build new skills.

6. Opening up job opportunities for Emiratis in administrative and supervisory roles across ministries and federal entities, ensuring the selection of suitable candidates with the necessary skills and capabilities to fulfil their roles.

7. Amending labour and pension laws to equalise pensions and benefits for Emirati employees in the government, semi-government and private sectors. The amendment will unify the mechanism in calculating pensions, benefits and previous service additions in government and private sector to encourage Emirati employees to expand their career options in the private sector to gain new skills.

8. Forming a committee that includes the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, the General Pension and Social Security Authority and Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions and Benefits Fund to develop mechanisms that encourage and monitor national employment across UAE companies.

9. Entities and companies in the strategic sectors with low number of Emirati employees will be encouraged to support national skill development programmes.

10. Setting an annual index to measure Emiratisation across all sectors. The government will provide exceptional incentives to entities that facilitate job opportunities for nationals. The Cabinet shall hold an annual ceremony to reward CEOs and entrepreneurs who support Emiratisation.

The Cabinet has assigned the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation the task to implement the 10 resolutions, in coordination with the executive councils. The Cabinet will receive quarterly reports to follow up the progress.

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