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The employment rate in Dubai

January 26, 2021

Did you know that Dubai has the lowest unemployment rate in the world and that UAE is known for having the lowest amount of unemployed people throughout the globe?

In the year 2020, UAE’s unemployment rate reached 2.45 percent which was great if compared to other countries that have had a boom in unemployment due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic that gave rise to unemployment throughout the globe as businesses started to shut down. Dubai’s employment opportunities, tax-free lifestyle, and advanced technology attract various people throughout the globe towards settling down in the luxurious city. Let’s further explore the reasons behind how Dubai has managed to keep unemployment rates low throughout the years.


According to the Dubai statistics center (DSC), the unemployment rate in UAE exceeded 2.35% in 2019 to 2.45% in 2020 which an acceptable amount keeping in mind the economic disasters that were brought in 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic. However, Dubai holds the record for having the lowest unemployment rates in the world at 0.5%.  The latest reports show that the total population of UAE reached around 9.89 million by the end of the year 2020 and UAE’s labor force participation rate increased in December 2020 to 82.16% which is one of the highest labor participation rates worldwide. The government has also launched a policy called ‘Emiratisation’ to give more employment opportunities to the local workers.

How has Dubai managed to keep the unemployment rate low?

Tourism contribution to employment

Did you know that Dubai’s tourism sector is expected to support around 720000 jobs by the year 2028?

Dubai has become a very famous tourist destination as each year thousands of people from all around the globe visit the city to enjoy its exquisite lifestyle and explore the cities beautiful architecture. Due to the growing tourism new hotels, restaurants and businesses are opening up which has helped increase the employment level significantly.

Growing private sector job opportunities

Dubai has become a famous travel hub companies and individuals from all around the globe have started investing and opening up businesses in the country. The growing private sector job opportunities have helped Dubai keep its unemployment rate low amid the fast-growing population. This is why Dubai’s private sector is playing a very important role in providing employment opportunities to the citizens as it has a lot of potentials.

Efforts of the government and Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE)

The UAE government has carried out major efforts to maximize job opportunities for the Emirati citizens and implemented various rules to protect the right of Emirati citizens as the unemployment rates of UAE nationals is higher if compared to the unemployment rate of non-nationals. MoHRE implemented a rule on construction facilities across the UAE which stated that if a construction facility employs a workforce of around 500 or more individuals then that facility must appoint at least one Emirati safety and health officer. The government’s new labor policies involving recruitment agencies in Dubai have also helped the country focus more on appointing deserving UAE nationals and deporting unqualified foreign workers.

Dubai Employment rate forecast 2021


Dubai’s economy has expectations to grow by 4% in the year 2021 which means that there will be more employment opportunities. Keeping the world’s pandemic situation in mind this is amazing progress and it would not have been possible without the countries’ effective policy measures made by the government to tackle the Covid-19 virus. If you are looking for jobs in Dubai then websites like Indeed jobs can help you find career opportunities for yourself.


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