UAE: New Emiratisation Rules Announced

United Arab Emirates News developments

UAE: New Emiratisation Rules Announced

Arabian Business, 30 November 2023: The UAE’s Human Resources and Emiratisation Ministry has announced new Emiratisation rules.

Under the new rules, companies with between 20 and 49 employees in specific sectors have to hire an Emirati worker in 2024 and another in 2025.

From January 2025, an annual financial contribution will be imposed on companies that fail to meet their requirements in 2024. This will equate to 96,000 AED for each Emirati not recruited.

A financial contribution of 108,000 AED will be imposed in January 2026 for 2025.

Companies can pay their contributions in instalments in agreement with the Ministry.

Companies in the information and communications, finance and insurance, real estate, professional and technical activities, administrative and support services, education, healthcare and social work, arts and entertainment, mining and quarrying, transformative industries, construction, wholesale and retail, transportation and warehousing, hospitality and residency services will be affected.

They will have to do so in line with Cabinet Decision No. 33/5W/2023, which will come into force in January 2024.

The companies were selected in line with specific criteria and information, including the quality of their jobs, the extent of their compatibility with Emiratisation goals, geographic locations, growth and other conditions that would attract Emiratis to work in these economic activities and ensure job continuity.

The activities were also chosen because of their rapid growth rate and ability to provide jobs and a suitable work environment.

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Tanya Jain