Filipinos, Indians Dominate Emirates Nursing Force

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Filipinos and Indian nationals dominate the nursing workforce in the United Arab Emirates, according to a study conducted by the association of nurses in the Emirates.

The association intends to use results of the study to seek higher wages for nurses and to encourage Emiratis, particularly men, to enter the profession.

According to the study, of the total 23,433 nurses from different nationalities working in the country, only 759 were Emiratis. Of this total, only 12 were male [Emiratis]. Indians and Filipinos continued to dominate the workforce, reports the UAE news site Khaleej Times.

“The salary issues are also preventing Emiratis from working in the private sector and that’s why we don’t have a single local nurse in this sector," said Obaid Al Jenaidi, president of the Emirates Nursing Association.

Al Jenaidi said the current ratio of UAE nurses to the total nursing workforce is still a far cry from the 25-percent target to address a critical shortage of nurses in the Emirates.

It is urgent for the UAE to open more universities for nurses, especially catering to male students, he said.

The study, entitled “Encourage Emirati students to join the Nursing Profession,” was presented during the International Nurses Day in Sharjah on Tuesday.