By the HR Observer

UAE’s Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) said that the Emiratisation programme, Nafis, recorded a 70% increase in the number of Emiratis working in the private sector in 2022; with an eye to create at least 24,000 new job opportunities for Emiratis in the private sector in 2023.

“Through the mechanisms that the Ministry adopted to implement the strategies and policies of the Council, it has succeeded in bringing about a quantum leap in the business environment in the UAE to enable the creation of new jobs for Emiratis, and at the same time, promoting the growth of the private sector and increasing its share in the country’s GDP,” said Dr. Abdulrahman Al Awar in a press event on Thursday.

He added that the ministry continues to develop a model in economic development through partnership between both the public and private sectors to implement measures to enhance the role of the Emirati talent in the labour market.  

The Minister added that the ministry is taking steps aimed at “protecting and strengthening the role of all stakeholders, empowering both sides of the supply and demand equation, and preserving the foundations of the UAE’s unique development model based on partnership between the public and private sectors.”

He also said strategies “increased the private sector’s attractiveness for the Emiratis and resident talents alike, encouraged the launch of new economic sectors, revitalized individual initiatives and small and medium enterprises, and provided the Nafis programme with an integrated environment that enables it to achieve its goals and create a better and more sustainable future for thousands of Emirati talents and their families.

The ministry has been keen on developing mechanisms in detecting violations of Emiratisation policies and the results of the monitoring and compliance system regarding the commitment to Emiratisation in the private sector for 2022.

The ministry has been applying  fines to those companies who failed to achieve the 2% increase in Emiratisation in 2022. Some of which were fined up to Dhs 72,000 for each Emirati not appointed during 2022, which means Dhs 6000 per month for every UAE national.