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Graduates of various academic disciplines, among the young citizens, expressed their optimism about the measures recently adopted by the Council of Ministers to promote the process of Emiratisation in the labor market in the country at the level of the public and private sectors.

They said that they did everything they could to get jobs that match their specializations and tendencies, and are waiting for their attempts to bear fruit, pointing out that the new Cabinet decisions reduce the duration of the search for a job, and move this file to a new, promising stage.

The package of decisions related to the file of Emiratisation in private sector establishments, which was recently adopted by the Council of Ministers, obligated employers of the private sector, which include 50 or more workers, with a rate of Emiratisation for skilled jobs of no less than 2% annually, provided that companies that achieve qualitative achievements in Employing and training citizens with a package of unprecedented administrative and material incentives, while companies that are not committed to achieving the target percentages face punitive measures.

In detail, Moza said that she submitted a large number of job applications in government and private institutions, but she was unsuccessful in being appointed, despite meeting the conditions required for jobs.

"Young citizens aspire, after graduating from universities, to get a job opportunity to employ and develop their skills, and add their mark on the nation's march," she added.

Alia Muhammad, who holds a BA in Sociology and Social Work with distinction, stressed that the lack of practical experience for new graduates is one of the most important problems facing young citizens, especially since the jobs offered require experience.

Noura Berman expressed her enthusiasm and desire to work after graduating with distinction; It was the first to be paid. She said, "I have ambition and a strong will, despite staying at home for a long time without work."

Noura got a training opportunity in one of the institutions that serves her specialization, but she considered it insufficient, expressing her optimism about the new ministerial decisions, which will produce a new reality in the labor market.

Asmaa Hassan (a graduate of the Faculty of Mass Communication) said: "I sometimes wonder if I would get a job quickly if I had studied another major, such as engineering or economics."

Moza Al Balushi said that she graduated in 2019 and started looking for a job, but she was unsuccessful. She added, "I visited many exhibitions in Sharjah and Dubai, and submitted many applications for employment. I also submitted my papers to many authorities and institutions, but to no avail."

And she added, "The introduction of employment platforms such as (Dubai Careers) and (Nafis) gives us hope that we will have a share of jobs quickly."

"Emirates Today" conducted several surveys on social networking sites to find out the extent to which citizens benefit from annual employment fairs, where the word "experience" was repeated in the comments that were monitored. Participation considered that the obstacle is the requirement of experience, and if it is available, another obstacle is that the age is beyond the appropriate age to accept the job.

People stressed the lack of job opportunities that would allow them to learn and gain experience, "because most companies are looking for someone with enough experience, which makes you wait longer to get a job."

One of them said, “They ask you for experience while you are a new graduate. If you do not work, then where do you get the experience?” Another asked, “How can you be a recent graduate and you are required to have two to five years of experience?”

The results of a survey by "Emirates Today" published on the Twitter platform, in which 291 people participated, showed that 42% of the participants believe that the requirement of experience is the first reason for the difficulty of obtaining a job, and they considered it an obstacle to new graduates, while 31% of them saw that The biggest obstacle is “the lack of seriousness of the companies,” and 27% saw that the obstacle is poor salaries.

For his part, Head of National Cadre Development, Issa Ahmed Al Mulla, stressed the importance of job fairs and their effective role in providing job opportunities for citizens, as an excellent platform for job offers.

He added that there are companies that are actually working according to a clear plan that contributes to raising the rate of Emiratisation, and it is unfair to equate companies that are making efforts in Emiratisation with companies that do not show interest in this file.

He said, "Determining criteria for measuring companies' performance and the rate of employment after the end of the exhibitions will contribute effectively to increasing the percentage of Emiratis' employment, and activating oversight over the participating institutions in a way that works to develop employment fairs."

He also stressed the importance of having clear criteria to measure the performance of institutions participating in employment fairs for the benefit of the citizen looking for work and the institution.

Al-Mulla called on institutions to take advantage of employment fairs, and take the Emiratisation file seriously, especially with the recurrence of this issue recently.

The Cabinet had recently approved a package of unprecedented incentives, including reducing fees for services of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, by up to 80% for private sector companies registered with the ministry, which achieve qualitative achievements in the recruitment and training of citizens, in addition to raising the target percentage of localization of skilled jobs by 2% annually in private sector companies, whose facilities include 50 or more employees, with the aim of creating job opportunities that exceed 12,000 jobs annually for citizens in the private sector and various economic sectors in the country.

The Council approved the approval of a monthly contribution of 6000 dirhams on non-compliant companies, starting from next year, for each citizen who was not employed.

The Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Manan Al Awar, confirmed that the decisions taken by the UAE government in the Emiratisation file will provide job opportunities for national cadres in more than 13,000 establishments in the private sector during the current year, pointing to the allocation of 1.11 billion dirhams to the budget of the support program The salaries of citizens in the private sector, through the “Nafis” initiative for the current year, expressing the ministry’s aspiration to allocate 1.82 billion dirhams to employ citizens during the next year, bringing the total amount of program support to 2.93 billion dirhams within two years.

The minister stressed that the cost of hiring non-citizens in the private sector has become greater than the cost of hiring citizens