UAE Employment: National Service Career Fair 2019

The United Arab Emirates’ Armed Forces has developed strategies for effective recruitment and retention of Emirati military personnel. Part of it is the National Service Career Fair that aims to secure the educational and professional future of National Service program graduates.

UAE’s Armed Forces, represented by the National Service and Reserves Authority, is set to hold an exhibition that aims to open channels of communication between graduates from the national and reserve service in the armed forces and the participating parties in the Career Fair from the public and private sectors. Job opportunities or the opportunity to continue their studies for specialized employment will be the focus.

The National Service Recruits Exhibition (website: will help to secure the future of recruits after completing the requirements of the National Service Program. Particularly, this is creating job opportunities for graduates by shortening the distances between recruits and national service graduates and those who wish to employ, qualify or care for them.

Overseeing the success of the event is Major General Salim bin Ghaffan Al Jabri, Head of the Administration and Human Resources Directorate, with the participation of senior officers of the Armed Forces General Command.

The companies exhibiting at the fair include…

  • Abu Dhabi Police
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
  • Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
  • Abu Dhabi University
  • Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
  • US Embassy Abu Dhabi
  • And others

Such an event has been a platform to attract and hire the best talent and will help employers recognize the value of the military grads experience and their transferrable skills gained while in service.

Dates: 13-15 October 2019

Venue: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, Hall 10-11

Times: 09:00 – 18:00

For information about participating to the National Service Recruits Exhibition or booking a site in the fair, be sure to contact the organizing company.

Phone: 045208888

Fax: 043384193

In 2014, UAE President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan approved the law introducing mandatory military service for all Emirati men aged 18-30 and in good medical health.

The national service recruits are paid a monthly stipend based on time of service.

  • At least AED3,000 ($816) a month if reserve service is less than three months;
  • AED8,000 ($2,178) a month if the service is between three to nine months;
  • AED15,000 ($ 4,084) a month if the reserve service is longer than nine months.

As stated on “Emirati men who have finished secondary school are to undergo military training for nine months, while others are to serve for two years. National service for women is optional, and first they have to receive written permission from their parents or guardians. Emirati men that fail to sign up for the service before they are 29 are to face a jail term of up to one year and a fine.”

Note: Most recently, the United Arab Emirates had extended compulsory military service for Emirati men from 9 to 12 then to 16 months; whereas, women can serve only for nine months.

UAE’s National Service consists of military exercises (recruits gain infantry skills), compulsory lectures on security as well as patriotism (accentuating their high moral and their loyalty and love for the country). And Chairman of the National Service, General Pilot Shaikh Ahmad Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, said “the military service will help young Emiratis become responsible citizens […] Through military discipline, our youth will gain physical strength, endurance, knowledge, and spirit,” as reported by Gulf News.

In 2016, Emiratis aged 30 to 40 were welcomed to join voluntary military service through three recruitment centers in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Al Ain.

UAE Employment: National Service Career Fair 2019

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