03. Januar 2018 | Branche

EGA finishes year with highest-ever level of Emiratisation

Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, finished the year with 37.6% Emiratisation, exceeding its 2017 target of 37% and reaching the highest level of Emiratisation at the company since its formation in 2014 through the merger of Dubal and Emal.

EGA's Al Taweelah aluminium smelter

EGA is targeting 40% Emiratisation of in-focus positions, or those that can feasibly be Emiratised, by 2020. When normalised for the high number of blue collar positions in heavy industry, EGA already has one of the highest rates of Emiratisation of any major company.

CEO Abdulla Kalban said: “EGA’s performance and growth is driven by our people, including our local talent. We focus on attracting the most capable people and providing them with opportunities to develop themselves throughout their careers. In line with UAE Vision 2021 we aim to harness the full potential of the UAE’s human capital.”

EGA has focused on developing its people for decades. Seven members of EGA’s Executive Committee, including Mr Kalban, originally joined the business as fresh graduates.

Today EGA’s workforce includes almost 1,200 UAE Nationals. More than 40% of those holding the top 280 positions in the company as well as more than a third of the over 1,800 people in EGA’s supervisory positions and above are UAE Nationals. EGA is also pioneering the role of UAE National women in heavy industry. In total more than 16% of the company’s staff working at supervisory level and above are female.