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Abu Dhabi’s Healthcare Sector Surpasses Emiratisation Targets with Over 1,200 Local Professionals

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Embracing Local Talent in Healthcare

In a commendable achievement for the Emiratisation initiative, Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health (DoH) has successfully surpassed its targets by integrating more than 1,200 Emirati professionals into the healthcare sector. This milestone, reached within just six months of launching the Tawteen initiative, marks a significant stride in the government’s efforts to enhance local talent participation in various medical and administrative roles.

Tawteen Initiative: A Catalyst for Change

The Tawteen initiative is a focused endeavor aimed at setting Emiratisation targets for all healthcare facilities in Abu Dhabi. The initiative’s success has contributed to a 12% year-on-year growth in the sector’s national workforce, aligning with the broader objective of creating ample job opportunities for UAE Nationals.

Leadership’s Vision in Action

Mansour Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, emphasized the role of wise leadership and support from His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, in achieving this significant feat. This accomplishment reflects Abu Dhabi’s continuous efforts to retain qualified national medical professionals, further cementing its position as a leading global healthcare destination.

Nafis Programme: Empowering Emirati Talent

The success of Tawteen is closely linked with the Nafis programme, a federal initiative designed to increase the competitiveness of Emirati human resources. Through academic and training programmes in medical and healthcare selective specialties, the National Healthcare Programme under Nafis aims to qualify ten thousand Emiratis within five years.


The surpassing of the 2023 Emiratisation targets in the healthcare sector is a testament to Abu Dhabi’s commitment to building a sustainable healthcare sector powered by a skilled and specialized national workforce. This achievement paves the way for more significant milestones, contributing to the emirate’s vision of a healthier Abu Dhabi driven by local expertise.

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