A number of initiatives focused on housing and communities will create a safety net for Emiratis with limited income. The effort aims to avoid a society dependent on social welfare while also allowing lower-income groups to achieve a higher quality of life or lead productive lives, said Dr. Mugheer Al Khaili, the chairman of the newly formed Department of Community Development. “We want our citizens in Abu Dhabi to benefit from the advances made by our city,” he added.
Lubna Hamdan, Editor at Arabian Business, points out that some Emirati earn between AED6,000-8,000 a month, while the minimum wage for Emiratis set by the Abu Dhabi government stands at AED10,000. So, it has been a top priority to extend social support to Emiratis financially and enhance their skills to help them achieve financial independence under the Abu Dhabi Development Accelerator Programme ‘Ghadan 21’. In fact, Ghadan 21 aims to develop the UAE community by ensuring the employment of its citizens and entails the establishment of social welfare and other development initiatives that ensure that UAE citizens are well provided for, stated Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed.
The Abu Dhabi Social Support Program provides “support to families with limited income in addition to enabling their members having the ability to work by qualifying and training them to obtain proper jobs,” mentions the Abu Dhabi Government Services website. The program does not provide only financial assistance but is also geared towards providing better living standards for eligible families in Abu Dhabi through “housing support, free healthcare at private and government hospitals, and subsidies for food and services,” tells The National.
With income levels being taken into account, already several millions in housing loans have been distributed for hundreds of Emiratis who have been approved for the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme. Loans and grants are given for housing completion, maintenance and purchases.
UAE’s leadership continuously strives to improve and enhance living standards for every Emirati family in Abu Dhabi, and this welfare programme for low-income families ensures that citizens live happy and fulfilled lives. The UAE Cabinet has approved Dh11 billion in social assistance for low-income groups over the next three years after reviewing a report of the Ministry of Community Development, which identified six main requirements for citizens with low incomes that includes housing and basic needs, transportation, financial support, healthcare, education and work.
The UAE government has taken a comprehensive approach to ensuring the welfare of its citizens, driven by balanced social and welfare policies that provide targeted support to those who need it. Here are the conditions of the Social welfare programmes: “Every householder in Abu Dhabi with a family book issued by the emirate may apply for financial assistance if their monthly income is less than the approved support line, which is determined according family’s size, structure and total income. If the family’s total income falls short, the department will grant the financial benefit to make up for the difference.” UAE nationals can apply for financial assistance under the social welfare policy through the website of Ministry of Community Development.