7 thoughts on “The Detrimental Side of Emiratization

  1. AfnanB says:

    Thank you for a well-written piece on a notable dilemma.
    I used to manage a graduate training program driven by Emiratization. Trainees were promised mid-management roles+promotions after completion. Instead they were put in the lowest jobs in the department with half the agreed promotion percentage, disregarding their hard work and late hours. Of course, those were top-notch graduates from the best universities too.
    Regrettably, that's Emiratisation.

  2. Khalid Al Ameri Khalid Al Ameri says:

    Great article my brother … important points raised and need to be at the focus of any emiratization programs going forward … inshAllah we get to the whats critical when it comes to any nationalization program getting the right people in the right jobs and allowing them to shine.

  3. Excellent and clear points which are, unfortunately, true. Having worked at a large property development company as a training manager. I experienced the hype,put the training in place for these young emiratis, and then after they were placed in some menial position, were promised that they would be in the management track in a year. Nothing was done during that year that truly helped them learn much about the corporate world and many left or are still in the same position.

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    Kathy Mellish

  4. Gowri Viswam says:

    I think also the group influence matters. In my previous organization, we had these really smart Emirati women who I had to good fortune to work with. But perception matters, and like all baggage we carry, perception is influenced by the group phenomenon. One of the influences was the fact that we did have other Emiratis, who were in positions not fitting to them and were floundering and were shown as being non-performers. And my colleagues were tarred with the same brush. It was so disappointing for them that they had to leave and are doing extremely well at their current positions.

    An other point to consider is that some organizations just enforce the minimum quota and so Emiratis are forced to compete within those numbers, sometimes ending up doing work that they are not really interested in.

    G V

  5. Very well said, Mohammad.

    "The entire nature of the programs creates a perception that Emiratis are not qualified and cannot be trusted with real tasks. Qualified and talented Emiratis are then given trivial administrative tasks and deprived from responsibility they deserve in building their own nation."

    Indeed, and as you stated we have to start early; as in, we should re-engineer the undergraduate programs in the universities (maybe even schools) in a way that the students are prepared for their professional career. As an example, the major difference between medicine programs in UAE and in Australia is that the latter focuses on communication skills earlier (first week vs third year). Having said that, our education system is not as bad as it might sound compared to numerous other countries including US.

    A perception that needs modification.

    And I totally agree with giving a choice of training courses/programs within the companies for whoever wants to develop their skills.

  6. sno says:

    i'm tempted to smile – because i completely understand where you come from.
    Kazim, you’ve touched upon what I call the nucleus office for future companies led by Emartis – or so I’d like to continue to believe.

    I see your disappointment with the current state of Emiratizaiton initiatives, had it be led by pragmatic approach, focused on delivery and growth, I’m sure that would have justified the necessity for such expenses, and would have yielded a brighter opinion from the educated minds that you resemble.

    The UAE is a very young country compared to the well established cities in the world. We’ve crossed a very exhaustive, full of hope and faith journey, and guess what, we still have to make the extra step. At its initiation, there was one vision, one goal, and 7 team members. It was easy back then to foster a sense of alignment and transparency. Today we are still heading towards the same vision, somewhat more refined goals, nonetheless, we are supported by nearly one million emarati team members. Not having the nucleus office will be like being in the middle of the sea, with a big boat fitting one million sailors all rowing in different directions… in a dark night with no moon and no stars~

    Thank you for the article =)

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