One way or another, the Saudization in Saudi Arabia affects many Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Kingdom. But aside from Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates comes up with its own way of ‘Saudization’ or a new policy on jobs that might also affect expatriate workers.
According to Khaleej Times, Dubai has adopted a strategy that aims to boost the skills of Emiratis and increase their presence in the job market. It means Emirates will be given priority for the following jobs;
- social sectors
According to Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, empowering Emiratis and ensuring their leadership in key strategic sectors ensure a “brighter future” for the country. The crown prince, employing Emirates in the key position is a top priority of the government right now because this is a one way of preparing them for the future.
The new strategy will be implemented in three phases.
- In the first phase, the labor market will be analyzed to understand the demand and supply of the Emirati workforce
- The constraints and challenges of employing Emiratis will be identified.
- In the final phase, a strategy will be developed and the proposed initiatives developed.
The strategy includes developing future skills, carrying out awareness programmes and creating a system to identify the needs of the labor market.
So will this new policy affects foreign workers in Dubai including Filipinos? It might be but we will see it when the new policy is implemented, but Filipinos are known to be hardworking, resilient and opportunities in other places or countries still exist! Currently, there are around 500,000 Filipinos living or working in Dubai as part of UAE, one of the countries in the Top 10 Destinations of OFWs.