Emiratisation of jobs in the UAE rises by 200% in 2018, set to grow further in 2019

Sheikh Mohammed chairs UAE cabinet meeting to decide plans for 2019

The nationalisation of jobs in the UAE accelerated by 200 per cent in 2018, the country’s Vice President and Prime Minister and Dubai’s Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has revealed.

The information was disclosed following a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Taking to Twitter, Sheikh Mohammed said: “Today I presided over a cabinet meeting in which we reviewed the outcome of 2018 and the plan for 2019.

“The localisation of jobs accelerated by 200 per cent in 2018, and we want to double the effort in 2019.

“We have granted 7,000 homes for citizens in 2018 and we are working with local governments to ensure that every citizen has a decent home to live in,” he said.

The UAE has also granted Dhs10bn in social assistance to “vulnerable groups” in 2018, said Sheikh Mohammed.

“We promise that the government will be with them in 2019 and we will not forget those in need.

“We also launched policies for families, women, youth and senior citizens in 2018 and promise everyone that the citizen will remain the first, second and third priority in 2019 and in all years to come”, he added.

Sheikh Mohammed also tweeted a photo of himself cutting a large cake during a celebration held by the cabinet ministers to honour Sheikh Mohammed’s 50 years of government service.

“I am optimistic about my country, my people and my team in 2019,” he said.