Emiratisation (Tawteen in Arabic) is an initiative by the government of the United Arab Emirates to employ its citizens in a meaningful and efficient manner in the public and private sectors.

It aims to increase the number of Emiratis in the job market and their contribution to the economy.  

Emiratisation is not novel. Indeed, MoHRE Ministerial Orders 41, 42, and 43 of 2005 imposed on private-sector employers a quota system, whereby every company with more than 100 employees is obliged to recruit (and retain on the payroll) the stipulated number of UAE nationals to ensure the minimum percentage of participation of Emiratis in the workforce. However, there have recently been some amendments along with the imposition of fines for non-compliant companies.

According to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the country has now set a “minimum” Emiratisation rate of 2 percent annually for high-skilled jobs in establishments having more than 50 employees. The aim is to raise this rate to 10 percent by 2026. This will create more than 12,000 job opportunities annually for citizens in all economic sectors.

From January 2023 onwards, non-compliant companies will have to pay an amount of 6,000 AED per month for every citizen vacancy that has not been filled.

The amount will be increased by 1,000 AED every year until 2026 against companies that do not comply.

This initiative will have a positive impact on the country, as it promotes the inclusion of the Emiratis in their country’s economic growth. In a country that is ever-growing and evolving, it is important to ensure that its citizens are a part of its growth and that they play an active role in it. 

In Dubai, the population is constituted of approximately 15% nationals and 85% foreigners. So it is essential that the government ensures that the nationals are not left behind. You can’t have your country grow without also including your citizen’s growth.

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