Mapping a learning journey aligned with UAE’s initiatives to develop the skills of Emirati nationals

By Raghda ElDeeb, Programme Manager, Alpha Development

The Emiratisation governmental initiative, launched by the UAE Government, mandates the inclusion of UAE citizens in the job sector to preserve national identity.

Whether it’s Emiratisation, Saudisation, or Qatarisation, Nationalisation has proven to provide economic and social stability as the UAE Government empowers its citizens by guaranteeing career opportunities in the public and private sector.

His Highness, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE once said, “no matter how many buildings, foundations, schools and hospitals we build, or how many bridges we raise, all these are material entities. The real spirit behind progress is the human spirit, the able man with his intellect and capabilities.”

With this statement, it is palpable that the UAE government enacts these values by investing 25% of its total federal government spending on:

  • robust educational systems,
  • graduate programmes in public and private sectors,
  • training programmes for employees’ professional development,
  • and versatile educational initiatives to support upscaling the Emirati national’s skills and capabilities.

The Ministry of Finance’s Development and Training Programme is an example of the latter, where their integral element of its strategic plan aims to support UAE nationals by offering an engaging, performance-driven environment through their annual training workshops.


A holistic approach to learning by investing in people

Investing in people means investing in the future of the nation. With these initiatives, UAE citizens will be equipped with the skills, knowledge, and attitude to thrive in their professional roles and responsibilities.

Following the steps of His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, maximising the human spirit involves a strategy, a mapped journey that focuses on holistic 360-degree programmes that include all elements of professional and technical training, and on-the-job support.

This approach, especially at an early stage of a professionals career, provides UAE citizens with the education and skills needed to:

  • excel in their roles,
  • boost their confidence to take on responsibilities,
  • and increase employee retention.


A well-mapped learning journey doesn’t only prepare entry level employees to thrive, but it also aids existing employees in developing new skills required by financial services firms to be future-ready, whilst increasing overall employee agility and resilience to the everchanging market demands.

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Alpha Development specialise in early career development exclusively for financial service organisations. Our tailored solutions include intern and graduate programmes, technical training, professional development, and on-boarding through robust curated curriculum designed by experienced faculty in the financial and banking industry, and delivered through innovative and engaging methods.

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