2013 dedicated to Emiratisation

At the meeting of the UAE Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, labelled 2013 as Emiratisation year. A host of governmental initiatives and policies will therefore enhance the Emirati presence in the workforce.

Many Emiratisation initiatives have been launched in the recent past. The Ministry of Labour for instance announced earlier this year that all front desk staff at Tas’heel centres must be Emirati.

The Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi also said in 2011 that it hopes to reduce the unemployment rate among Emiratis to less than 5 per cent by 2030.

Recent reports showed that certain industries still find it challenging to achieve Emiratisation targets each year, including many private sector firms, the hotel industry as well as finance, insurance and currency exchange sectors.

To overcome these challenges, regular training programmes are offered by Tanmia, and many public sector organisations, such as the Abu Dhabi Education Council, also offer frequent training opportunities for Emirati employees and trainees.

About the author

Kazim Ladimeji is the Director of thecareercafe.co.uk—a resource for start-ups, small business and job seekers. It includes a blog with career and small business advice articles. Kazim is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and has been a practising HR professional for 14 years.

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