Dubai to offer incentives to establishments hiring UAE citizens in the healthcare sector


Dubai: Establishments hiring UAE nationals in Dubai’s healthcare sector will receive incentives under a new pact to boost Emiratization efforts.

The Emirates Human Resources Development Council in Dubai and the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard, it was announced on Wednesday.

Enhancing cooperation between the two entities will be a significant step towards accelerating Emiratization in the health sector and will enable Emiratis to access career opportunities in this vital and strategic sector, officials said.

Under the MoU, both sides will work to provide a set of incentives for institutions and establishments that will offer employment opportunities for Emirati cadres. In addition, they will provide a range of training and qualification programs for Emiratis, with the aim of honing their expertise and enabling them to effectively play their role in the continuous modernization and development witnessed by the healthcare sector.

Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, Director General of the Dubai Department of Human Resources and Vice Chairman of the UAE Human Resources Development Council in Dubai, and Awad Saghir Al Ketbi, Director General of the DHA, signed the MoU on the sidelines of the ‘Health Talents Exhibition, which concluded at the Dubai World Trade Center on Tuesday.

Organized by DHA, the expo received a positive response with 24 leading healthcare institutions offering more than 100 vacant positions in various healthcare and administrative specialties to local talents. Since its launch in 2016, the program has enrolled 415 students, of which 162 are majoring in health sciences.

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Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, chairman of the Emirates Human Resources Development Council in Dubai, said: “The health sector is a strategic pillar for human life. In Dubai and the UAE in general, this sector has achieved a qualitative leap in the level and quality of services provided and its contribution to the national economy. Although Emirati talents contribute effectively to the sector’s roadmap and its prosperity, there is a strategic need to continue supplying the healthcare sector with specialized Emirati talents in various fields because the prosperity of the UAE as a whole, and Dubai in particular, depends of the contribution of our people in this sector.”

He added: “This agreement reflects the Dubai Health Authority’s commitment to supporting the efforts of the Emirates Human Resources Development Council in Dubai to achieve localization goals in the private medical sector. It is presented as a platform to integrate our efforts to realize the vision of our wise leadership in building a health sector aligned with future needs where citizens contribute strategically. This will allow them to create a career path that matches their aspirations and capitalizes on their capabilities in this vital sector. “It also gives the private healthcare sector the opportunity to benefit from the added value that Emirati talents bring.”

Strategic impulse

Al Ketbi stated that the MoU represents a driving force for localization strategies and plans in general, and specifically for the localization of the healthcare sector. It also serves as an important incentive for health institutions and centers to open broad horizons to employ national cadres in various specialties, especially with the incentives provided to institutions that provide the required employment opportunities.

He added that the authority appreciates the value of working and collaborating with the UAE Human Resources Development Council, considering this collaboration as the beginning of an important phase in localization efforts.

The authority continuously strives to achieve its objectives in the healthcare sector, which is currently witnessing qualitative transformations in terms of its human resources, facilities, systems and services.

Specialized training

Al Ketbi noted that the DHA, under the MoU, will work on launching more qualitative initiatives to localize the private healthcare sector in Dubai. It will also work on increasing training capacity in specialized medical programs by including distinguished private sector hospitals in the list of local and international accreditation bodies.

In addition, professional development hours will be approved for specialized rehabilitation programs for Emirati medical cadres.

Established by a decree of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, the Council aims to create a central body to represent the development of the Emirates’ human resources in Dubai’s private sector, ensuring an attractive environment for Emirati talent and aligning education with labor market needs.


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