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UAE to Spend $6.5 Billion to Boost Private-Sector Jobs

  • Measures include $217 to $871 in child monthly stipend
  • Citizens prefer state jobs with higher pay, better conditions
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The United Arab Emirates will spend 24 billion dirhams ($6.5 billion) on a package of benefits and subsidies designed to reduce citizen unemployment by making private sector-jobs more attractive. 

As in much of the Gulf, the UAE government is the employer of choice, with many college graduates rebuffing offers from private companies while they wait for state jobs with better pay, benefits and working hours. Millions of foreigners from all over the world currently fill most private-sector jobs.