According to the ministry, enterprises that violated Emiratisation targets faced penalties and administrative processes.
Since the second half of 2022, the UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has fined 441 private institutions for failing to meet Emiratisation targets.
According to the ministry, the enterprises were subjected to penalties and administrative proceedings. The Nafis program’s financial advantages were also terminated for falsely appointed UAE nationals.
“We urge UAE citizens and all community members to report any violations related to Emiratisation policies through our channels, such as the call centre at 600590000 or the Ministry’s smart app,”
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has been cracking down on fake Emiratisation jobs, where UAE nationals are hired but do not actually perform any work. The penalties for fake Emiratisation can be severe, up to a fine of Dhs100,000 per employee.
In addition to fines, MoHRE can also take other actions against companies that engage in fake Emiratisation, such as:
- Degrading their categorization within MoHRE’s systems.
- Referring them to the Public Prosecution.
- Ceasing Nafis payments from nationals proven to have been involved in fake Emiratisation.
- Recovering previous financial support.
Nafis is a government program that provides financial benefits to UAE nationals who are employed in the private sector. By taking these actions, MoHRE is sending a clear message that it will not tolerate fake Emiratisation.
Here are some of the signs of fake Emiratisation:
- The UAE national employee does not have a real job title or does not have any real work to do.
- The UAE national employee is paid a very low salary.
- The UAE national employee is not given any benefits, such as health insurance or leave.
- The UAE national employee is not allowed to participate in decision-making or training.
If you suspect that a company is engaging in fake Emiratisation, you can report it to MoHRE. You can do this online or by calling the MoHRE hotline.
By reporting fake Emiratisation, you can help to protect UAE jobs and ensure that UAE nationals have the opportunity to work in the private sector.
Here are some of the reasons why companies engage in fake Emiratisation:
- To avoid paying the fines and other penalties for failing to meet Emiratisation targets.
- To get access to the financial benefits of the Nafis program.
- To improve their ranking in MoHRE’s systems.
- To give the impression that they are a good employer.
Fake Emiratisation is a serious problem that is harmful to UAE nationals and to the economy. By taking action against fake Emiratisation, MoHRE is helping to create a more fair and equitable labor market in the UAE.
Drive for Emiratisation
According to the MoHRE, up to 79,000 Emiratis are working in the private sector following the end of the semi-annual deadline for enterprises with 50 or more employees to reach a one percent Emiratisation in specialized occupations.
According to the ministry, the data highlight the highest-ever rate of Emiratisation recorded in the UAE private sector, representing a 57 percent rise over the end-of-2020 figures, which showed 50,228 Emiratis employed in the private sector.
As of July 7, approximately 17,000 private sector enterprises employed UAE citizens, the deadline for companies to meet their semi-annual Emiratisation targets.
“The notable growth in the number of Emirati citizens employed in the private sector reflects the effectiveness of the Emiratisation policies that have been implemented on a semi-annual basis starting this year,”
said Abdulrahman Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
“This growth demonstrates the private sector’s awareness and commitment to its responsibilities as a partner to the UAE Government in the Emiratisation process, guided by a vision to enhance the human development system in the UAE.”