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UAE to give paid career break, 75,000 jobs for Emiratis


DUBAI – The UAE on Sunday (September 12) announced the creation of an Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council to create 75,000 private sector jobs for Emiratis.

Beginning in 2022, Emiratis in the Federal Government will also be given a paid career break to allow them to set up their own business.

Under the new policy, Emiratis who want to become self-employed will be given a leave of six months up to a year and paid 50 percent of their salary monthly during this period to establish their own business.

On Emirati jobs in the private sector, the UAE set target percentages starting at 2 percent, which will increase yearly to reach 10 percent within five years.

Emiratis can also avail of a vocational training program, in cooperation with private and semi-governmental companies, for up to 12 months. Emiratis who undergo this training will be given monthly financial rewards.

The training is aimed at helping Emiratis gain experience to quality them for distinguished jobs in the private sector.

Emiratis working in the private sector as programmers, nurses, accountants and other distinguished roles will be given a fixed monthly bonus of Dh5,000—on top of their salaries—for five years.

For Emiratis in the private sector who lost their job, the UAE government will provide six months of financial aid. PIA/Expat Media

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