The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has revealed that 565 companies were proven to have hired a total of 824 UAE nationals in fake Emiratisation jobs since the middle of last year, saying it has initiated “the necessary legal and administrative action against them.”
Emiratisation is considered fake when it is confirmed that a UAE national works in a nominal job without real tasks to meet the establishment’s required Emiratisation targets, and/or when an Emirati is rehired in the same establishment with the aim of circumventing data and benefiting from the relevant benefits of Emiratisation.
“Fake Emiratisation is a clear violation of Emiratisation-related decisions and the regulations of the Nafis programme,” MoHRE said in a statement on Wednesday.
The statement added that the Ministry is "committed to enforcing Emiratisation policies and tracking violations that aim to undermine its objectives.
“Legal and administrative procedures have been taken against violating establishments, including degrading their categorisation within MoHRE’s systems, imposing fines ranging from AED 20,000 to AED 100,000, and potential referral to the Public Prosecution, based on the level of the violation.”
The Ministry has ceased Nafis payments to nationals proven to have been involved in fake Emiratisation and recovered previous financial support.
The Ministry expressed its appreciation for most private sector establishments’ “commitment to the targeted Emiratisation targets,” saying the public-private partnership “strengthens the country’s economic development objectives.”
Over 17,000 private establishments employ Emiratis, with the total number of nationals working in the private sector exceeding 81,000, marking the highest number of Emiratisation in the private sector in the country’s history.
MoHRE has called on members of the community to report any violations by contacting the call centre at 600 590000 or using the Ministry's smart app and website.