UAE caught more than 1,000 private companies faking Emiratisation

During inspections carried out by the Ministry of Human Resources, a staggering 1,077 private companies in the UAE were discovered to be falsifying their compliance with Emiratisation regulations since the second half of 2022.

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These companies were found to be in violation of laws aimed at increasing Emirati employment in the private sector, with 1,818 citizens employed under fraudulent circumstances. These violations undermine the integrity of Emiratisation efforts and the principles of fair employment practices.

These companies were found to have employed 1,818 citizens under false pretenses, violating Emiratisation laws by unlawfully attempting to meet Emiratisation quotas.

Fake Emiratisation occurs when UAE nationals are employed in positions without substantive roles solely to meet Emiratisation quotas, or when Emiratis are rehired in the same company to manipulate data and gain benefits associated with Emiratisation.

Companies found guilty of engaging in fake Emiratisation face penalties ranging from hefty fines to downgrading to the lowest category within the ministry's classification system for private sector establishments. This downgrade carries various repercussions for the companies, including increased fees for services provided by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

Penalties for violating Emiratisation laws can include fines ranging from Dh20,000 to Dh100,000 per case, with referral to the Public Prosecution depending on the severity of the violation.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation emphasizes that fake Emiratisation constitutes a clear breach of Emiratisation-related regulations and the rules of the Nafis program. Individuals or entities can report any violations related to Emiratisation through the ministry's call center at 600590000 or via the ministry's mobile application.

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