The Emirati government has announced that it will fine employers up to 500,000 AED (about US$136,000) for not meeting Emiratization requirements.

Key Points:

  • Employers who do not meet their Emiratization requirement will be fined:
    • 100,000 AED for the first violation.
    • 300,000 AED for the second violation.
    • 500,000 AED for the third violation.
  • Noncompliant employers must make an additional 42,000 AED financial contribution for each Emirati not appointed according to the semiannual Emiratization targets.
  • The violations include reducing the number of employees, modifying their classification or any other method to circumvent the Emiratization targets.

Background: Emiratization targets require employers with 50 employees or more to increase the number of its Emirati employees in skilled positions by 1% every six months, ultimately achieving a 2% Emiratization by the end of each year. Employers are expected to achieve a 10% Emiratization rate by the end of 2026.

BAL Analysis: Employers should plan ahead to ensure they meet the new employment requirements to avoid applicable fines.

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