By Joanne Bladd
UAE targeting infrastructure investment, job creation in poorer northern emirates
Sharjah’s public sector will create 150 new jobs for Emiratis, following an order from the emirate’s ruler, Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi.
The move reflects the ruler’s “keenness to support young citizens in their careers and provide them with sources of income,” state news agency WAM said Sunday.
The new roles will be divided among Emiratis living in the Eastern Region, the statement said.
The announcement is the latest in a serious of moves aimed at safeguarding the UAE from the political unrest that has plagued neighbouring nations Oman and Bahrain.
While the UAE's relatively small local population enjoys one of the world's highest incomes per capita, at over $47,000, the state’s five northern emirates are a sharp contrast to trade hub Dubai and oil-rich Abu Dhabi.
In Fujairah, unemployment among nationals is estimated at 20.6 percent, well above the country average of 14 percent.
The UAE pledged in March to ramp up infrastructure investment in the less developed northern emirates and create more jobs for nationals. The world’s third largest crude exporter said it would spend $1.6bn on overhauling utility networks.
Worried by a surge in living costs, the UAE also said last week it would fix the price of around 400 food and household items across 70 retail outlets.
Major retailers including Spinneys and Carrefour have agreed to the scheme, which is expected to run until the end of the year.
Soaring food prices played a key role in the political unrest that toppled leaders in Egypt and Tunisia.
In neighbouring Saudi Arabia, the most populous Gulf state, King Abdullah has unveiled more than $100bn in social handouts since March.
Does anyone else agree that it would be good for the Emirati youth to start with some day-jobs / chores like youngsters do all around the globe to earn their first few dollars/euros/pounds/etc? Why is it that you never see young Emaratis delivering news papers, pizzas, flipping burgers, washing cars, etc?
That is really unfortunate as it's those first jobs that teach youngsters all about responsibility and the actual value of money. Your first Patrol or Landcruiser given by your parents... doesn't...
Don't go 'creating' public sector jobs for the local youngsters. It again gives them the wrong impression - "if times are hard, no worries. Why should be go about trying to find our own way?"
Yes I agree. But that is not relevant as generally speaking neither the Emirati youngsters nor their families agree.
But truth is that right now the concerns are other, more immediate, ones. Long term issues can wait.