Executive Summary

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has released further details regarding the requirements for companies to qualify for membership in the Emiratisation Partners Club.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) has released further details regarding the requirements for companies to qualify for membership in the Emiratisation Partners Club.

Background

Emiratisation Partners Club (or ‘Tawteen Partners Club’) is a part of the broader initiative called ‘The National Program for Emiratisation’ launched in 2017. Participation in the club is optional, unless the MOHRE targets a company for Emiratisation based on the number of employees in the company and the industry. Depending on the priority of nationalization and the number of Emirati citizens employed, companies are classified as Silver, Gold or Platinum members. The membership tier level triggers benefits and incentives, such as reclassification of a company to higher category and fast tracking for employment-related transactions, among others. The program is currently addressed to companies registered outside of free zones.

Emiratisation priority levels and ratios

The MOHRE divides select industry sectors into three groups of Emiratisation priority, depending on the industry’s importance to the country’s economy, e.g.: companies with 250 employees and above operating in finance and health sectors are considered high priority; those with at least 500 employees in the retail sector are considered medium priority; and those with 1,000 employees in the construction sector are considered low priority, etc.

After determining each level of priority, the MOHRE sets out a specific ratio of Emirati nationals who should be working in a company, and based on this ratio, classifies the company as Silver, Gold or Platinum, e.g.: companies in the medium priority sector must achieve 2,5% of Emiratisation to qualify for Silver membership, 4% for Gold membership or 7% for Platinum membership, etc.

Calculation of Emiratis

Companies employing Emiratis under specific conditions, taking into consideration the employee’s gender, salary and geographical location within the United Arab Emirates, may benefit from preferential calculation of the Emirati headcount.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Employers in the private sector targeted by the MOHRE for Emiratisation should ensure that they maintain the Emiratisation ratios according to the relevant Emiratisation priority.

Companies that are willing to participate in the Club, must ensure that they meet all the respective membership criteria, including Emiratisation ratios, before they apply to the MOHRE for membership.