ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates will create a Federal Demographics Council that will merge with the Emiratisation Council. The two will serve national development objectives by building the skills and fulfilling the capabilities of UAE citizens. The aim is to achieve a demographic balance in the country, deepen UAE nationalism and strengthen loyalty to the country and its leadership.
Council member from Ras al-Khaimah, Dr Abd al-Raheem al-Shaheen said, "The issues of demographics and Emiratisation require political decisions from the highest authorities, binding on all public and private institutions and businesses. The Council of Ministers has made several decisions to address and deal with the issues of demographics and Emiratisation, but these have not yet been fully implemented."
UAE nationals comprise only 16.5 percent of the country’s population. According to Ahmad Bin Shabib, the First Deputy Speaker of the Federal National Council, this represents both demographic and Emiratisation problems that can be seen as two sides of the same coin.
Bin Shabib said, "The government is making a concerted effort to correct the demographic imbalance, while taking care not to upset development projects and keeping national interests paramount." The focus will be on demographics to attain positive results that can be effectively implemented.
The responsibilities of the new Demographics Council will include a review of demographic policies and work to develop strategies and national initiatives, by coordinating with relevant authorities including Ministries, federal institutions, local departments and agencies and research centres. The council will be in charge of gathering information, conducting studies and research on demographics and creating a comprehensive information base in all sectors, so that it may become a major resource for the formulation of demographic plans and policies in the country.