UAE court fined company manager Dh100,000 for fake emiratisation

The court has levied a fine of Dh100,000 against a manager of a Dubai-based company for his involvement in fraudulent activities related to the Nafis program, which aims to promote Emiratisation. The Dubai Public Prosecution brought charges against the manager for contravening Emiratization regulations.

The manager was held on charges of employing two Emirati women without proper authorization and utilizing their work licenses for unapproved reasons. In order to gain access to government financing through the Nafis program, the firm used misleading contracts to fraudulently show that it was compliant with Emiratisation laws.

For a brief period of four months, the two Emirati women worked for the company primarily in order to receive the Dh5,000 in monthly government support.

According to the court's decision, the manager must pay a fine of Dh100,000 plus the quantity of workers involved. Additionally, the two employees were instructed to repay Dh20,000.

In a recent inspection, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation found that 1,077 private companies in the UAE had engaged in dishonest Emiratisation practices since the second half of 2022. These companies hired 1,818 citizens in violation of the law, attempting to meet Emiratization targets by unlawfully employing Emiratis.

Emiratisation is deemed fraudulent when a UAE national is employed in a nominal position without actual responsibilities, solely to fulfill the establishment's Emiratisation quotas, or when an Emirati is rehired in the same establishment to manipulate data and gain benefits from Emiratisation-related programs.

Penalties for violating Emiratisation laws range from substantial fines of Dh20,000 to Dh100,000 per case, with cases potentially being referred to the Public Prosecution based on the severity of the violation.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has reiterated that fraudulent Emiratisation practices are clear violations of relevant regulations and the Nafis program. Individuals can report Emiratization-related violations through the ministry's call center or its smart application.

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