Skip to main content

Key Points

  • The rate of Emiratization for private sector companies will increase
  • Introduction of new fees for companies that do not meet the Emiratization rates


The government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) increased the rates of Emiratization in the private sector and introduced penalties for employers that do not meet the requirements for 2023, effective January 2023. Emiratization mandates the inclusion of citizens of the UAE in the job sectors throughout the UAE. The rate will impact private sector companies and employers that employ over 50 skilled workers. These companies will be required to increase the percentage of employees who are citizens of the UAE by a minimum of two percent annually. The government aims to improve the overall rate of Emiratization by ten percent by 2026.

Penalties will also be introduced for companies that do not adhere to the Emiratization requirements. These companies will be fined up to 6,000 AED each month for every Emirati citizen not employed at the same level.

What are the Changes?

On May 12, 2022, the government of the UAE announced changes to the rates of Emiratization and a long-term plan for increasing the number of citizens of the UAE employed at private sector companies. Stricter penalties have also been introduced for companies that do not comply with these changes.

Looking Ahead

Employers should ensure that Emiratization rates are met before January 2023. 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: The United Arab Emirates, Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization

Close Menu

Corporate Immigration Partners

Chicago Office
+1 312-722-6300

Cincinnati Office
+1 513-381-2011

San Francisco Office
+1 415-771-7500

Europe, Middle East, and Africa
+44 20 34326564

+86 10 84053554