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New welfare scheme in Abu Dhabi to launch on Sunday


DUBAI – A new grant targeted at low-income UAE nationals will be rolled out on Sunday (January 6), with a website for applications to be launched simultaneously.

Emiratis who need welfare support will be able to apply for the new scheme online at from Sunday onwards.

The scheme is being implemented in phases across Abu Dhabi, with first welfare support payments expected in April. The scheme will be launched in Al Ain on January 20 and Abu Dhabi city on February 24.

Applications will be received and reviewed until March 31.

The new grant will make payments to families rather than individuals and will provide financial support and government top-ups when family incomes fall below a certain level.

Under the scheme, the head of the family will get at least Dh7,450, with family members aged 14 and above to get Dh3,725 each, and family members under the age of 14 to get Dh2,235.

The new scheme will also offer training to welfare applicants who are able to work. Government agencies will pick jobs that match with candidates’ skills and abilities.

Training schemes are compulsory for those receiving support for their family but are fit to work.

Elderly citizens and people with special needs will be able to apply for welfare support at special centres if they are not able to use computers.

Centres have been set up Dhafra, Madinat Zayed, Ghayathi, Al Silaa, Liwa, the port, and Dalma Island, and are open from 8am to 3pm.

“This programme is part of our leadership approach to empower low-income national families, enhance their standards of living, ensure their decent living and achieve their financial independence as the Emirati family is an essential component of society,” said Hamad Al Zahiri, director of Abu Dhabi Social Support Programme. GAD/Expat Media


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