UAE announces revised deadlines for Emiratisation of Private Companies


The UAE Cabinet has published a decision to amend some provisions regarding the Emiratisation of the country scheme in the private sector. The annual target is now divided by 1 percent in the first six months and the other 1 percent in the second half of the year. 

A federal law aims to raise Emiratisation rates by 2 percent annually to 10 percent by the end of 2026. Firms must retain two percent of Emiratis in skilled rules by the end of 2022. In 2023, they have to add another two percent Emiratis by the end of the year.

The UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) issued fines that amounted to Dh 400 million against private companies which failed to meet the targets of the Emiratisation of 2022. 

Apart from that, there were about 9293 companies that had achieved targets for the year. Additionally, more than 50,000 Emiratis now work in the private sector, of which 28,700 have joined since the Nafis program launched. The total number of Emiratis in the private sector will increase to 70 percent in 2022. 

It is the first step in the Nafis initiative, which seeks an eventual goal of 10 percent of all private sector employees being Emirtais. Hence, the firms failing to hit the target face fines that also increase yearly until 2026. 


The above report stated about the amended Emiratisation, which displays the changed deadlines by the UAE fit hiring the Emiratis for the private sector firms.

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