Emirati Youth Empowerment in the Private Sector
09 May 2017
Dubai World Trade Center – Zabeel Hall 6
Emirati Youth Empowerment in the private Sector – best practice
Mr. Zuhair H. Al Haj
Director of HR & Localization, MENA |Al- Futtaim Group
The importance of Emiratization in the private sector
Challenges to entering the private sector
The role of entrepreneurship and SMEs in encouraging Emirati youth to enter the private sector
Defining what constitutes quality opportunities in the private sector
The limited number of UAE nationals compared to expats in the workforce requires us to think of the work opportunities for Emirati Youth in terms of quality rather than quantity.
It is recommended that Emiritizaton efforts should be focused on the key strategic sectors of the private industry.
Build a Government strategy with focus on Work-training and equipping Emirati nationals with necessary skills and experiences to become more competitive in the private sector.
More financial, technical and admin support for UAE SME’s is required and an emphasis on innovative, sustainable ideas is desirable.
Sponsorship of a diverse set of internships programs, that will in return shed more insight on the work done in the private sector and will help fragment and break cultural stereotypes.
Media plays a pivotal role in breaking down stereotypes and showcasing the successful stories of Emirati’s in the private sector and entrepreneurship scene.
Instill positive work ethics and culture in the education curriculum and a special focus on innovation and entrepreneurship courses in the University.
Enhancing the framework of cooperation between the educational institutes, Government institutions and the private sector, In addition to enhancing the role of the Academic Advisor in schools and Universities.
Implementing Point system recognition for Private companies based on Emiratization percentages by quality not quantity; the more a company has emiratized its critical jobs the more points/rewards they get with the government (e.g. reduce their fees, provide them with contracts).