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New Emiratisation Quota Announced by MOHRE

In an update to the existing Emiratisation rules, companies with 20-49 employees will now have to reach a quota of at least one UAE citizen by 2024 and another by 2025.



The Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation announced that the new requirement applies to privately owned companies across 14 sectors including:


  • Information and communications

  • Financial and insurance activities

  • Real estate

  • Professional and technical activities

  • Administrative and support activities

  • Arts and entertainment

  • Mining and quarrying

  • Transformative industries

  • Education

  • Healthcare and social work

  • Construction

  • Wholesale and retail

  • Transportation and warehousing

  • Hospitality and residency services


For those companies that do not adhere to the quota targets an annual penalty of Dhs 96,000 will be issued from January 2025 on establishments that do not comply with the decision in 2024, while non-compliant establishments in 2025 will face a Dhs108,000 fine in January 2026.


Dr. Abdulrahman Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation stated “We are confident that expanding the establishments targeted by Emiratisation targets will have a positive impact and bring benefits for both our citizens and the establishments themselves, where the latter will be able to benefit from the support of the Nafis programme.”


The new announcement comes after the directive last year for companies with more than 50 employees, which were directed to achieve 2 percent of roles taken up by Emiratis by the end of 2022 and then increase the proportion of Emiratis in the workforce by 1 percent every 6 months.


Companies registered in free zones are exempt yet are still encouraged to hire UAE citizens.


To find out more about Emiratisation call 04 559 6253, our friendly team of experts will be delighted to assist you.



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