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The United Arab Emirates expands its Emiratization objectives to companies with between 20 and 49 employees

He Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE) has started implementing the Cabinet Decision to expand the scope of companies subject to the Emiratization targets, where more than 12,000 companies with between 20 and 49 employees must hire at least one UAE citizen in 2024 and another in 2025.

The Ministry recently notified, through its digital system, more than 12,000 companies to comply with the decision, giving them sufficient time to meet the required objectives.

The target companies operate in 14 specific key economic activities: information and communications; Finance and Insurance; real estate; professional and technical activities; administrative and support services; education; healthcare and social work; art and Entertainment; mines and quarries; transforming industries; construction; Wholesale and retail; transportation and storage; and accommodation and hospitality, all sectors that are currently experiencing rapid growth and have the capacity to provide jobs and a suitable work environment.

MoHRE issued a statement, calling on companies subject to the decision of

“quickly meet its Emiratization objectives and avoid delaying it until the end of the year.”

He Ministry emphasized,

“It is crucial that target companies register on the Nafis platform in order to benefit from the support provided by the program in terms of providing the private sector with qualified Emirati professionals capable of working efficiently in various specific economic sectors, along with other advantages of the that can benefit. of.”

MoHRE added that it will continue to conduct training workshops to educate companies subject to the decision on the procedures to follow to meet the required objectives, in addition to instructing them on how to benefit from the support provided by the Nafis platform.

The decision includes imposing annual financial contributions on companies that do not meet the required objectives, for an amount of 96,000 AED for each UAE citizen not designated in 2024, to be collected from January 2025. Meanwhile, financial contributions from AED 108,000 will be imposed for failure to meet the 2025 objectives, which will be collected in January 2026. Companies will be able to pay their contributions in installments, in accordance with MoHRE.

The Emiratization decision for companies with between 20 and 49 employees applies alongside the ongoing implementation of Emiratization targets for companies with 50 or more employees, which must achieve 2% annual growth in the Emiratization of their skilled jobs.

News source: Emirates News Agency

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