UAE logistics firms gear up for compliance with new Emiratisation law

Following an announcement by the Ministry of Emiratisation and Human Resources that Article 14 of the labour law will be enacted and enforced, logistics companies have begun to make moves to highlight their Emiratisation programs.
Emirates Airline is one of the logistics firms promoting Emirati nationals to key positions.
Emirates Airline is one of the logistics firms promoting Emirati nationals to key positions.

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Following an announcement by the Ministry of Emiratisation and Human Resources that Article 14 of the labour law will be enacted and enforced, logistics companies have begun to make moves to highlight their Emiratisation programs.

The law prioritises Emiratis over expats in private companies and, according to Minister Nasser Al Hamli, 400 selected professions in 2,000 private establishments will now have to give priority to Emiratis when recruiting.

Hamad Al Rahoomi, a Dubai member of the Federal National Council says that the law is “decades late”.

“If this took place back in 1980, we would not have reached the struggle we have reached today where we are begging companies to recruit nationals,” he said.

Although the 2,000 companies selected have not been publicly announced, it is expected to include many of the country’s largest logistics firms, and several are already moving to point out the steps they’ve taken to promote Emiratisation within their brands.

Emirates this week made several management appointments within its outstation commercial operations team, placing top Emirati talent in key country management positions in the Far East and Africa.

The new appointments will see three UAE National commercial managers take on leadership roles in Japan, Malaysia and Zambia.

Emirates Post Group has also announced its participation in the 20th National Career Exhibition this month, which gives Emiratis the chance to interact with businesses and be introduced first-hand to the career opportunities available.

“Supporting and developing Emirati Nationals in their career aspirations is a key priority for Emirates Post Group,” said Sami Mohammed Alkhaja, chief support services officer, Emirates Post Group.

“We received more than 180 CV applications for consideration and are eager to welcome new talent in the near future,” he added.

Emirates Post Group says it has 25 employment positions currently available within EPG within the Finance, Administration, Customer Service, Marketing and IT, and that it is “strongly committed to empowering UAE Nationals by offering comprehensive development and vocational training programmes”.