Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC (EGA) announced last week the signature of an agreement with Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council (NAFIS) to collaborate on best practices for hiring more UAE locals (“Emiratisation”) in the private sector.
EGA boasts one of the highest levels of local hiring for any major company in the country, which it hopes to boost even higher in its collaboration with NAFIS. In addition, the company hopes that other private sector firms are able to learn from EGA’s nearly half century of hiring locally.
Abdulrahman Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said in a press release that increasing domestic hiring has benefits to both the locals who gain jobs and the companies that gain local talent.
“Meeting the talented young Emiratis starting their careers at EGA was a true pleasure. EGA has always been at the forefront of Emiratisation over the past decades, with local talent the foundation of this UAE industrial company’s global competitiveness. All private sector companies can benefit from EGA’s expertise as we work to drive Emiratisation in our national economy.”
Ghannam Butti Al Mazrouei, Secretary General of ETCC, said his organization is excited to partner with EGA on this effort.
“We are honoured to partner with EGA as a key member of the Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council, NAFIS, in alignment with the government’s efforts to establish strong partnerships and create a supportive environment for Emiratis to excel in the private sector. Our partnership demonstrates our commitment to promoting collaboration for the benefit of private sector employees through the NAFIS programme and its empowering initiatives. We commend EGA for its unwavering dedication and comprehensive programme to cultivate productive Emirati human capital in the private industrial sector.”
Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Global Aluminium, said Emiratisation has long been a focus for EGA.
“Recruiting and developing UAE Nationals has been a priority at EGA since we began production in the late 1970s. Emiratisation at EGA ensures we have the talent we need to succeed, as well as creating opportunities for local men and women in line with national priorities. We look forward to working closely with NAFIS to support its work to accelerate Emiratisation across the UAE’s private sector. I was honoured to introduce His Excellency to some of our new recruits.”
Iman Al Qasim, Executive Vice President of Human Capital at Emirates Global Aluminium, is looking forward to the coming collaboration.
“The agreement with NAFIS will enable us to share our knowledge and experience on recruiting and developing UAE Nationals to succeed in the private sector. Partnership with NAFIS will also support our own further Emiratisation through the recruitment and development of UAE Nationals. As our own goal is to continuously improve our Emiratisation performance at EGA for the future success of the company as well as the nation.”
Based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Emirates Global Aluminium is an aluminium conglomerate created by the merger between Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) and Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) in 2013. EGA had an estimated enterprise value of US$15 billion at the time the merger took place. The firm is owned equally by Mubadala Development Company of Abu Dhabi and Investment Corporation of Dubai. Emirates Global Aluminium holds interests in bauxite/alumina and primary aluminium smelting.