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Dubai aims to reduce Emirati unemployment to 1% by 2021

Emirates Nationals Development Programme says it has helped 13,000 Emiratis into private sector so far

Dubai aims to reduce Emirati unemployment to 1% by 2021
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The Emirates Nationals Development Programme (ENDP) has announced plans to lower the number of Emirati job seekers in Dubai to less than one percent by 2021.

Essa Al Mulla, executive director of ENDP, said the organisation was committed to further lowering the unemployment rate which has fallen in Dubai from 10.7 percent in 2005 to 2.6 percent in 2014.

The ENDP's future plans, he said in comments published by news agency WAM, will focus on reducing the number of unemployed persons and attracting Emirati nationals to work in different sectors including construction, health, education and logistics.

So far, the ENDP had employed 13,000 national job seekers in the private sector, adding that this momentum will continue as part of a national target to double the Emiratisation rate in the private sector tenfold in seven years.

Launched in 2005, ENDP aims to integrate UAE nationals into the private sector.

Last week, Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash said the UAE is currently discussing new amendments to its labour laws to encourage more Emiratis to move from being employed in the public sector to the private sector.

Ghobash said the objective of the proposed amendments will look to narrow the gaps in working conditions between the two sectors.

In a wide-ranging interview with Al A'amal magazine, cited by news agency WAM, Ghobash said: "We have completed a comprehensive draft revision of the labour law and it is currently subject to discussions with our government partners and the competent authorities in preparation for submitting it to the Cabinet for further action.

"Without getting into details, as the draft document is still under discussion within the government, I can say that a key objective of the proposed amendments is to ensure and encourage larger participation by UAE nationals in the labour market by way of provisions in the law that narrow the gaps in working conditions between the public and private sectors."

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