Expats and Emiratisation: Plotting a Course for a Sustainable Future

Kasim Randeree

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Middle Eastern countries are largely perceived as having economies of limited competitiveness in a global context. This is in large part due to the political, economic, environmental and societal challenges these nations face. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is no exception, as it faces many challenges including current and future demographics, employment of its national workforce, sustainability issues, educational concerns, as well as diversity and gender related problems. In truth, a well designed Emiratisation process (a policy for reducing the demand for expatriate workers) coupled with the active participation of Emirati women in mainstream society, including the private sector, can help in alleviating many of the UAE’s problems. The challenge for the rulers of the UAE, is to engage its national human resource in education and employment whilst moving in step with advanced nations and respecting Arab and Islamic tradition.

Thus, due in part to the advancement and comparatively liberal nature of the UAE in comparison to other countries on the peninsula, the international community looks to the UAE, and the city of Dubai in particular, as a model for a new, prosperous and sustainable 21st century Middle East. The implications of the research presented here are that there are a number of challenges facing Emirati society and by implication the Arabian Gulf region, which need to be addressed if change and advancement envisaged by the region is to be realised.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - Jul 2007
EventThe 2007 Gulf Conference: An interdisciplinary conference on the Gulf region, including links with the Indian Ocean and Asia - Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Jul 20077 Jul 2007


ConferenceThe 2007 Gulf Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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