DAFZA to increase Emiratisation by 80% within 3 years
Dubai Airport Freezone Authority's (DAFZA) plans to increase the number of Emirati employees across all its sectors by 80% in the next three years has been boosted by strong turnout at a major jobs fair in Dubai this week.
The three-day Careers UAE event, held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai at Dubai World Trade Centre, ends today
Government authorities, academic organisations and UAE-based international companies gathered under one roof for the largest recruitment, training and education event for UAE Nationals.
It a statement, DAFZA said its participation in this complements its commitment to support the Emiratisation initiative forming a key part of the UAE Vision 2021 agenda to ‘build a diversified and flexible knowledge-based economy that is powered by skilled Emiratis'.
Yousuf Ali Behzad, assistant director general – people growth and strategy, DAFZA, said that the freezone’s participation in Careers UAE 2015 is a response to the directives of the government leadership to invest in local talent.
Behzad noted related achievements, such as the localisation of senior management positions by 100% and the fact that Emiratis now form 76.1% of medium-sized departments, while the percentage of UAE nationals currently pursuing their studies has reached 10% of the freezone’s total employee population.
He added: “DAFZA was among the first enterprises to support the ‘Absher’ initiative. Our efforts in this regard have culminated with the employment of 33 Emiratis within the free zone.
"We have made advanced steps in terms of strategically building a generation of local leaders capable of upholding the UAE’s global economic status map and enhancing DAFZA’s standing as one of the most advanced free zones in the world.
"We have also achieved remarkable progress in empowering Emirati women as we have a 33% ratio of women leaders.
“Careers UAE is an important platform which enabled us to communicate with elite locals and attract them to DAFZA in which we can provide them with vocational training and career development programs to help them improve their capabilities further.
"This complements our aim of making UAE Nationals form up to 80% of our workforce in the next three years."