Emiratisation Update: New Quota for Smaller Businesses With 20 – 49 Employees

July 28, 2023

On 11 July 2023, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) announced a significant expansion of the Emiratisation requirements to include smaller companies in the UAE with a workforce of 20-49 employees. According to the latest regulations, certain sectors falling within this bracket are now mandated to have one Emirati employee in a skilled role by 2024, and another by 2025.

The sectors affected by this update are as follows:

  • Real Estate
  • Healthcare and social work
  • Insurance and financial activities
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Information and communications
  • Transportation and warehousing
  • Hospitality and residency services
  • Wholesale and retail
  • Administrative and support services
  • Professional and technical activities
  • Arts and entertainment
  • Quarrying and mining
  • Transformative industries

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Penalties For Non-Compliance

Non-compliance with the new regulations beyond the designated deadlines will lead to a hefty AED96,000 fine. Failure to employ an additional Emirati in 2025 will further increase the fine to AED108,000.

How CBD Can Assist

For companies falling within the Emiratisation bracket, it is highly recommended they meet their hiring quota promptly, which they could by actively participating in the UAE government’s ‘Nafis’ programme or by recruiting directly. Should you like more information on Emiratisation, our team will be able to assist you with your queries. Kindly email: or call/Whatsapp +971 56 418 4695.

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