By Staff writer
Hessa Bint Essa Huhamaid, UAE Minister for Community Development, said that 3,245 unemployed nationals have benefited social allowances since 2017
A call has been made to introduce unemployment benefits for Emiratis after it was revealed that 12,653 UAE nationals are jobless.
During a virtual meeting of the Federal National Council (FNC), it was announced that there are 4,461 unemployed Emiratis in Abu Dhabi, 3,812 in Dubai and 4,180 in the northern emirates.
Sharjah member Adnan Hamad, who quoted the figures, had raised the question over social allowances being issued to jobless Emiratis.
Under Article 4 of the law no. 2 of 2001, unemployed people are not among those directly entitled to social assistance.
However, Hamad argued: “But Article 7 of the same law says that social assistance should be extended to Emiratis who have no jobs on an exceptional basis, to support them in certain situations. For instance, there are those with health problems which prevent them from working; people who have defaulted in temporary financial cases; or those who have been serving prison sentences and cannot get a job easily.”
Hessa Bint Essa Huhamaid, UAE Minister for Community Development, said that 3,245 unemployed nationals have benefited from a period of six months’ payment of social allowances between 2017 and the first quarter of 2020, which included 1,277 Emiratis in 2017, 811 in 2018 and 772 last year. So far, 385 have benefited from assistance.
“Those who receive the social assistance sign declaration forms indicating that they have exceptional cases and require social support," she added.