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91,000 UAE gov't staff to benefit from wage rise

Gulf state provides details of $2.7bn scheme to raise salaries of some state employees

91,000 UAE gov't staff to benefit from wage rise
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

The UAE will boost wages and benefits for 91,000 federal government employees, welfare recipients and retirees from this month, the Gulf state's finance ministry said on Tuesday, providing details of a scheme announced last year.

The OPEC member set up a AED10bn ($2.7bn) fund in November to help pay low-income citizens' debt, and announced plans to raise wages of some state employees. It had not previously provided details on the number of beneficiaries or total amount of the package.

The UAE, a federation of seven emirates and one of the world's top five oil exporters, has escaped the unrest that has rocked much of the Middle East in the past year, but is following on the heels of other governments in the region including Saudi Arabia and Oman by stepping up public sector wages. The UAE enjoys one of the world's highest per capita incomes of around $48,600.

Salary increases will include doubling bonuses for 7,300 Emirati doctors, doubling the allowances of 10,700 teachers and other staff in public sector education, and doubling the basic salaries of judges.

Only UAE nationals will be eligible for the wage increases which will also see more than 21,500 retired people receive AED10,000 a month from the government, up from 6,000 previously.

Last year, the government announced plans to invest $1.6bn over three years to improve living conditions in less developed northern emirates and to raise military pensions by 70 percent among other measures.

The safe-haven status of the UAE, high crude prices, and strong trade flows are seen driving economic growth of 3.1 percent this year, after an estimated 3.9 percent in 2011.

MUHAMMAD FAHEEM ABRAR 7 years ago

Great efforts of great leadership, no wonder why this leadership is so much loved and respected by UAE nationals and expatriates living here

Chadi Antonios 7 years ago

all my respects to the great leader. GOD bless you

suleyman 7 years ago

further widens the disparity between public and private sector reward, and thereby runs exactly contrary to the desire for emiratisation in private sector.

Karim Ullah Khan 7 years ago

My salute to the President!

Telcoguy 7 years ago

Yes. Private sector positions become less and less attractive for people considering their future career.