As the modern business landscape continues to evolve, doing so at a rapid rate, employment — as we know it — is also being transformed. Across the world, countries and business sectors are increasingly being defined by a new set of skills, with the rise of new industries, the pervasiveness of unprecedented challenges and the need for novel solutions to overcoming these hurdles spurring new approaches to problem-solving, leadership and conducting business.


Regionally, the UAE has outlined a set of national initiatives, strategies and programmes to not only safeguard its future but pioneer leading-edge innovations that boost its prospects, bolster its economy and realise the potential of its multinational community of global talent and investors.


Accordingly, the UAE Government has established projects such as the UAE Centennial Plan — which is aimed at investing in the future generations, by preparing them with the skills and knowledge needed to face rapid changes and to make the UAE the best country in the world by its centennial in 2071. The government has also launched UAE 2030 and committed to accomplishing all 17 of the UN’s sustainable development goals. These strategies are all geared towards developing a future-focussed government and diversified knowledge economy marked by a happy and cohesive society and the provision of quality, long-term employment.


Additionally, the UAE has also formulated its Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Strategy: a detailed plan of action aimed at strengthening the country’s standing as a world-class global hub for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The strategy has been established to enhance the national economy through the advancement of innovative future technologies.


The recently announced Projects of the 50 — a set of initiatives set up to further the development of the UAE and its economy over the next 50 years — is also primed to contribute to Abu.Dhabi and the wider UAE's growth, creating more modern employment opportunities in the process. For instance, the Fourth Industrial Revolutions Network has outlined plans to grow 500 national companies through the application of advanced technology over five years.


Today — as a result of all the proactive steps taken by local leadership to affect positive change — the Abu.Dhabi economy is one of the most stable in the region, with a GDP of US $249 billion. The economy continues to grow at a steady pace, with GDP expected to grow by 6% to 8% in the next two years; particularly with the ongoing development of rapidly evolving sectors, such as ICT and AI, AgTech, Financial Services, Tourism, Creative Industries and Healthcare.


That Abu.Dhabi and the UAE have made and continue to make such strides owes a great deal to the emphasis placed on the development of 21st century skills among graduates, its community of global talent and professional workforce. As stressed by platforms such as LinkedIn, these modern employability skills — including problem-solving, communication, adaptability, digital literacy and teamwork — are vitally important to driving sustained success.


In Abu.Dhabi, local leadership, employers and educators place a premium on these capabilities, underlining their importance in the modern business ecosystem; so much so that more resources and time are being invested in fostering a more well-equipped workforce armed with the requisite tools to foster even more growth and progress across the region. The World Economic Forum’s “Upskilling for Shared Prosperity” report even forecasts that the UAE will create more than 40,000 jobs in the next ten years as a result of its plans to equip its talent pool with essential next-generation skills. This is expected to generate an added US $4.3 billion in GDP.


The changing nature of life and business in Abu.Dhabi makes it the perfect place for ambitious global talent and investors to explore opportunities for the future and work remotely.


Sustainability and green jobs


Abu.Dhabi continues to transform its economy by investing in sustainable initiatives across several key fields, including renewable energy, public transport and ‘green’ buildings. This aligns with the national strategy on green jobs: a strategy geared towards protecting and restoring local ecosystems and enabling enterprises to adapt to climate change.


Flexible and long-term residency


As the 1st in the region and 5th most preferred place of work for foreign nationals globally, the emirate’s efforts in attracting and retaining its diverse talent pool have resulted in the introduction of flexible and long-term visa options.


The Golden Visa enables global talent and professionals to live, work and study in the UAE without the need of a national sponsor. The government has also announced the Remote Work Visa, allowing professionals to live in the country while continuing to work for their existing employer abroad.


The UAE’s Retirement Visa has also been announced for those above the age of 55 for a renewable period of five years.


Given the pace of innovation and expansion within the emirate’s workforce, nine in ten professionals across the country feel hopeful about the future of work in the UAE, as per a survey from –a regional jobs platform – and YouGov, a global research company.


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