UAE issues new warning for private sector over July 8 deadline

UAE private sector companies failing to meet these targets will face an AED42,000 fine, starting July 8

Image: Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE)

UAE private sector companies with 50 or more employees must meet their 1 percent Emiratisation target before July 7, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has warned.

Companies failing to meet these targets will face an AED42,000 fine, starting July 8. The authority had previously extended the deadline for meeting semi-annual Emiratisation targets for private sector companies from June 30 to July 07.

Government’s vision: Private sector participation

MoHRE said this decision was taken by taking into consideration the Eid Al Adha holiday, which falls on the fourth week of June, “therefore, we decided giving more time for companies to reach their targets,” according to a statement.

“As the Ministry is committed to achieving its objectives of creating a competitive job market for UAE nationals and developing their skills through more collaboration with the private sector, we decided allowing more time for companies to comply with the decision and avoid relevant penalties,” MoHRE said in a statement.

“We call on companies to take advantage of the extended deadline to reach their targets.”

“Emirati professionals have proven their competence across a range of positions in the private sector that require a high level of efficiency and knowledge,” it added.

“This provides an enormous boost to our efforts, in line with the government’s objectives and vision. We consider the private sector to be an active partner in achieving a long-term growth, as our collaborative efforts will benefit the job market.”

The Ministry also said that the objectives of the Emiratisation targets are to “activate and enhance the role and competitiveness of UAE nationals in the labour market, as well as to ensure their active participation in the economic development.”

Source: Arabian Business