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UAE Urges Companies to Diversify Hiring, Reduce Reliance on India and Pakistan


Some companies in the United Arab Emirates are reportedly facing challenges in obtaining work visas for potential employees, particularly for South Asian nationals. While authorities deny claims of a visa ban for Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi nationals, they have urged companies to focus on achieving demographic diversity in their hiring practices.

The business service center in Dubai stated that when they contacted the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE), they were advised to prioritize diversity in the nationalities of their hires. Authorities emphasized the need for employers to offer jobs based on quotas for foreign nationals to maintain demographic diversity.

Firose Khan, the managing director of Dubai-based Profound Business Service, shared an example where a visa for an Indian national was processed for a company already employing a significant number of individuals from the same nationality. Following this, Khan received a message to uphold diversity quotas.

Abdul Gafoor, the general manager of Al Mas Businessmen Service, pointed out that many companies in the UAE predominantly hire individuals from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

As a result, businesses with a substantial number of employees from these nationalities may encounter restrictions when applying for new visas for individuals from the same countries. However, these regulations do not currently extend to companies within free zones, and no issues with obtaining work permits in these areas have been reported.

The MoHRE states that the diversity policy aims to integrate the social and cultural diversity of the UAE into the core values of private sector companies. This involves diversifying the cultural backgrounds of employees, providing equal employment opportunities, and concurrently supporting the empowerment of UAE citizens in accordance with prescribed Emiratisation percentages.

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