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  • The United Arab Emirates will begin Emiratization compliance checks on July 1, 2024


The government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will begin conducting emiratization compliance checks on July 1, 2024. All companies must ensure that the Emiratization target requirements for the first half of the year have been met.

According to the Council of Ministers’ decisions, this aims to increase the number of Emiratis in skilled jobs at companies with 50 or more employees by 1%.

This initiative is part of a broader national strategy to enhance the participation of Emirati nationals in the private sector, thereby reducing the country’s dependence on foreign labor. By mandating regular compliance checks, the government seeks to ensure that companies are actively contributing to this goal and not merely paying lip service to the policy. Companies failing to meet the emiratization targets may face penalties, which underscores the seriousness of the initiative. Additionally, support programs and incentives are being rolled out to assist companies in meeting their targets, including training programs to equip Emiratis with the necessary skills for these roles. This dual approach of enforcement and support reflects the UAE’s commitment to creating a more inclusive and diversified workforce.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of the UAE’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: United Arab Emirates Ministry of Human Resources

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