Sheikh Mohammed’s 10 Steps For Emiratisation

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 into positions that meet their skills and expertise in vital sectors.


2. Allocating a Dh300 million fund to create specialized training programs that prepare and empower Emirati jobseekers with theoretical and applied skills to enhance performance in all sectors. The programs will contribute to nurturing the 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.

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4. Launching specialized diplomas across Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE to prepare and train Emiratis for the workplace. Training programs 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 programs 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 fulfill their roles.

7. Amending labor and pension laws to equalize 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 a low number of Emirati employees will be encouraged to support national skill development programs.

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 on the progress.