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Almost 900 Companies Have Breached Emiratisation Regulations

  • Publish date: Wednesday، 29 November 2023
Almost 900 Companies Have Breached Emiratisation Regulations

Since the implementation of the Emiratisation regulations in 2022, 894 companies have breached these rules. 

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has reported that 1,267 fake Emiratisation cases were discovered. 

The ministry emphasized these companies will not receive benefits from the Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council programme for employing locals. 

These companies breached the Emiratization regulations by hiring family members for no real role and forging employment records by obtaining false work permits in the name of these UAE citizens. 

The companies in breach of these regulations will be issued fines ranging from AED 20,000 to AED 100,000 for each case. 

These companies will also be downgraded to the lowest categories in the private sector classification system, therefore the companies will have to pay higher service fees for work permits and transfer fees. 

Before this downgrade, companies paid AED 250 for certain permits, now they will have to pay AED 3,750. 

Emiratisation Targets

Employers at eligible companies have to reach four percent of the Emiratisation target at the end of 2023.

This percentage will then increase to six percent by the end of 2024, to eight percent by the end of 2025, and to 10 percent by the end of 2026.

Companies that have twenty to forty-nine employees must hire at least one Emirati by the end of 2024 and one more by the end of the year 2025. 

This requirement applies to companies in 14 sectors, including:

  • Healthcare
  • Real Estate
  • Construction
  • Education

Initially, only companies with more than fifty employees needed to meet the Emiratisation targets, however, the regulations have recently changed.