New Emiratisation rules in UAE: Salary Support Initiative Campaign for Nafis Program


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has introduced new Emiratisation rules in order to limit negative employment practices in the country.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) of the UAE and the Emirati Competitiveness Council (Nafis) seek to showcase the success stories of Emiratis in the private sector.

As per the new rule, any establishment caught carrying out fake Emiratisation to get Nafis benefits could face a fine. The new move was introduced in order to raise awareness about the incentives of the Nafis Emirati competitiveness programme.

Under Nafis, the salary support initiative campaign of the UAE aims to increase Emiratisation in the private sector and provide a decent life for Emiratis. The programme aims to strengthen cooperation between various government, federal, and local entities to boost the enrolment of national talents in the private sector.

Fake Emiratisation could lead to a fine between Dh20,000 and Dh100,000 for each bogus Emirati employee. The country has already started implementing fines against companies for fake Emiratisation.

The Nafis programme also offers the option of on-the-job training. With this programme, the UAE aims to support the salaries of Emirati Nationals wishing to get involved in practical training programmes.

Ghannam Al Mazrouei, secretary-general of ETCC, said that providing a decent life for Emiratis and empowering them to take jobs in the private sector is an important goal for the UAE.

The Nafis programme has formed partnerships with private sector organisations for the country’s economic future. The UAE aims to fill 75,000 private sector jobs in the next five years. The UAE has also announced increasing the support for the salaries of Emiratis in the private and banking sectors. The country has urged people to take jobs in the private and banking sector institutions in the country during the next five years.

The NAFIS programme was launched in September 2021 by the Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council in order to increase the competitiveness of the Emirati workforce.