The aim of this research is to shed some light on the expected future path of economic growth in the country in relation to the planned development and to assess the needs for skilled workers to achieve this. According to our models and assumptions, it is expected that the level of real GDP in 2025 will be between 1,300 and 1,540 billion AED. This refers to an average real economic growth of around 5% annually between 2011 and 2025. Currently, only around 19.8 of expatriate workers are skilled, while 70.9% of Emirati workers are considered to be skilled using our definition of skilled workers. Therefore, in total, less than 20% of all workers in the UAE are skilled.

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Zayed University

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Mouawiya Al Awad