A nation of temps
Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Economy:
She mentioned that currently, the UAE population is comprised of 85% expatriates and only 15% nationals, which is the highest ratio of foreign workers in the wider Gulf region. In addition, the UAE's work force is further skewed to the expatriates with the ratio of 90.7% foreign workers and 9.3% nationals. Of the employable base of UAE nationals, more than 88% are working in the public sector, with 56% of Emirati men in either the military or police services.Unskilled workers can stay for 6 years
Unskilled foreign workers and domestic help will be allowed a maximum stay of six years in the UAE, the Minister of Labour said yesterday. Speaking to Gulf News from Geneva, Dr Ali Bin Abdullah Al Ka'abi said a total of 2 million unskilled workers will be considered "temporary contractual workers under an agreement with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM)".Not all nations of immigrants are equal.
"The UAE will receive an official document from the IOM recognising the change of the workers' position from being immigrants to temporary contractual workers," Al Ka'abi said.