UAE: Emiratisation checks begin July 1; fines to be enforced

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

Starting July 1, UAE authorities will assess whether private sector companies have achieved their Emiratization targets for the first half of 2024.

Implementation of Emiratisation Targets in the UAE

Companies with 50 or more employees that haven't increased their Emirati workforce by 1 percent over the past six months will face fines.

The mid-year targets were scheduled to be met by June 30th by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE). The penalty for companies with open Emirati positions is Dh8,000 per month, escalating from Dh7,000 in 2017 and Dh6,000 in 2022. Until 2026, these fines will be increased by Dh1,000 every year.

Annual Emiratisation Growth Requirements

Private companies in the UAE must annually increase their Emirati workforce by 2 percent. By the end of last year, companies were required to have 4 percent Emiratis among their employees. By the end of June, this figure should reach 5 percent, and by the end of 2024, it should be 6 percent. The federal law aims to reach a 10 percent emancipation rate by 2026, with an annual target of 2 percent, split into 1 percent increases in the first and second halves of each year.

Early this year, MoHRE began implementing a UAE Cabinet decision to expand Emiratization requirements to firms with 20 to 49 employees. Over 12,000 companies operating in 14 specific economic sectors must now hire at least one Emirati in 2024 and another in 2025.

Utilizing Nafis for Compliance

MoHRE urged companies to use the Nafis Programme’s digital platform to meet their monetization targets. This platform provides access to a pool of qualified Emirati job seekers across various specializations. In May, MoHRE announced that over 97,000 Emiratis are working in approximately 20,000 private companies in the UAE, highlighting the effectiveness of the government's Emiratization initiatives, particularly the Nafis program. MoHRE Minister Dr. Abdulrahman Al Awar noted a 170 percent growth in Emirati employees in the private sector since the launch of Nafis in September 2021.

MoHRE conducts regular inspections to ensure compliance with national employment targets. Since mid-2022 until May 16 this year, 1,379 firms were found to have hired 2,170 Emiratis illegally. Violations resulted in fines ranging from Dh20,000 to Dh100,000 per case.

Fake compliance is identified when a UAE national is employed in a nominal role without real tasks, solely to meet Emiratisation targets. Companies that manipulate employment data by rehiring Emiratis to inflate numbers also face penalties. Beyond fines of up to Dh100,000, erring companies may be referred to the Public Prosecution, downgraded in MoHRE's rating system, and required to pay additional financial contributions.

Residents are encouraged to report labor rule violations by calling 600590000 or through the MoHRE app or website. The UAE is committed to ensuring genuine Emiratization and enhancing the presence of Emiratis in the private sector through these stringent measures and supportive initiatives.

About Author

Asma Ahmed
Asma Ahmed
1648 Total posts

Read Also

‏Urgent.. The Prime Minister announces the new ministers in the UAE government

Today, Sunday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, announced the new formation of the UAE government.

Mohre announces the facilitation of work permit procedures in the UAE when issued or cancelled

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced the facilitation of work permit procedures when issued or cancelled.

Dubai Airport announces new restrictions on passengers

Dubai Airport authorities announced some restrictions for non-travelers in July and August.

Companies in the UAE provide alternative systems for end-of-service compensation

Various alternate methods of end-of-service compensation are offered by businesses in the United Arab Emirates.

New important instructions for passengers traveling through Dubai airports

Travelers in a hurry to leave Dubai are advised to complete immigration 1.5 hours in advance of departure.

FTA announces the imposition of a fine of 10 thousand dirhams in the UAE due to taxes

It has been announced by the FTA that a fine of ten thousand dirhams will be imposed in the United Arab Emirates due to taxation.

The Meteorological Authority announces the date of rain in the UAE during the coming days and weeks

The dates of the upcoming rainy days and weeks in the Emirates are announced by the Meteorological Authority.

Mohre announces paid holiday for employees in the UAE

Mohre has stated that employees in the UAE will receive paid vacation time.

Expo Dubai gives families the chance to win a summer vacation in 7 destinations

During Expo Dubai, families have the opportunity to win a summer trip to one of seven different locations.

Dubai Mall Introduces Paid Parking from July 1 with Salik Boards Near Entrances

Boards displaying the distinctive grey and white Salik branding have recently appeared at various entrances of Dubai Mall, signaling the imminent introduction of paid parking for visitors.

The UAE authorities announced the evacuation of residents from a residential tower in Sharjah

It was stated by the authorities in the United Arab Emirates that the occupants of a residential tower in Sharjah would be evacuated.

Dubai announces plan to add 32 new metro stations by 2030

Dubai's Metro service is set to significantly expand in the coming years following the approval of a development plan by the emirate's Executive Council.

Dubai Targets $177bn FDI by 2033 with Major Metro Area Developments

Dubai has set an ambitious target to attract AED650 billion ($177 billion) in foreign direct investment (FDI) by 2033, supported by the Dubai Executive Council.

UAE announces 5-Year Penalty for Revealing Work Secrets

The Criminal Information Center (Wa'i) of the UAE's Public Prosecution recently brought attention to the consequences of sharing confidential company information on social media, with the undercurrent of "Work secrets are trust."

Dubai seized 1,274 drug shipments last year, including heroin, meth & marijuana

Dubai Customs reported 1,273 seizures of illicit drugs at land, sea, and air ports across the emirate as part of efforts commemorating the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

A new fuel prices in the UAE for the month of July.. Changes in taxi prices

The UAE has recently implemented new fuel tariffs for the month of July. The prices of taxis have been adjusted.

UAE Petrol Prices Decline Once More for July 2024

The UAE has announced a reduction in petrol prices for July 2024, marking the second consecutive month of price decreases across the country.

UAE Takes Action Against Counterfeit Goods with 620 Violations Recorded in 2023

Since the beginning of 2023 through the first half of the year, the UAE's Ministry of Economy has conducted 4,444 inspection tours across local markets. These efforts target cases of commercial fraud, imitation, and trademark counterfeiting,...

UAE Sets 6 New Rules from Fines to Paid Parking, Changes Effective July

As we approach the midpoint of 2024, the UAE has been abuzz with significant developments that are set to impact daily life and financial planning across the Emirates.

New fees and fines will be imposed on UAE residents starting July 1

There are six new restrictions that will take effect in July, ranging from paid parking to new fines in the UAE.

The UAE authorities announced the amendment of the system of paid parking fees in several areas

It was declared by the authorities in the UAE that they would be changing the system of paid parking fees in a number of different regions.

The UAE warns of hail and rain in some areas and issues an orange alert

This morning, the National Center of Meteorology in the United Arab Emirates issued an orange alert regarding the weather conditions in the UAE. The center warned of rain in some eastern regions, in addition to the presence of dusty conditions...

UAE police arrested Hundreds in overnight crackdown on cybercrime syndicates

In a sweeping overnight initiative across the UAE, significant cybercrime networks were disrupted, marking a pivotal moment in law enforcement's ongoing battle against digital crime.

UAE: Four New Mosques on Famous Square Corners Wow Residents

Sharjah has constructed four new mosques with traditional Islamic styles that really reflect Arab culture and Islam.

Dubai schools top global rankings in financial literacy and creative thinking

Dubai’s private schools have once again affirmed their global standing by achieving impressive rankings in financial literacy and creative thinking in the 2022 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), conducted by the Organisation for...

UAE: Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a warning to travelers to 6 countries

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates issued a caution to travelers to six other nations.

Sharjah Summer Sale: 75% Discounts and Gold Prizes Starting July 1 in UAE

On July 1, Sharjah's much awaited massive summer sale returns promise for large bargains, spectacular events, and raffle prizes of Dh3 million.

Meteorology issues red and yellow alerts due to fog and rainfall in the UAE

As a result of fog and precipitation in the Emirates, meteorology professionals have issued red and yellow warnings.

The UAE announced a fine of 20 thousand dirhams for dumping waste