A team of UAE nationals has been trained to handle the full range of port operations, including loading and unloading cargo vessels at Khalifa Port, Abu Dhabi Ports said on Monday.
“This marks a major breakthrough and confirms our role in supporting young Emirati talent while putting the directives of our leadership into action,” said Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports.
Increasing the workforce participation of UAE nationals is key to the Abu Dhabi 2030 Economic Vision.
Abu Dhabi Ports manages nine commercial, logistics, community and leisure ports, and Khalifa Industrial Zone.
“The success of our Emiratisation strategy is directly linked to the range of different training programmes that we offer,” said Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, the chief executive of Abu Dhabi Ports.
To support this growth, Abu Dhabi Ports has launched a recruitment drive called Port’s Pulse to fill operational roles in the ports.
In 2014, the government entity achieved an Emiratisation level of 44 per cent across its workforce, which is expected to rise to 47 per cent this year. It is targeting an Emiratisation level of 55 per cent by 2017.
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