U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council Publishes Report on Women in the U.A.E. Workforce

The U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council is pleased to present its report on Women in the U.A.E. Workforce.
On August 28, 2019, the U.A.E. will celebrate its 5th annual Emirati Women’s Day. The below excerpt is part of a report published by the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council that highlights progress the U.A.E. has made in closing the gender gap, as well as steps taken by the private and public sectors to further close the gap.

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Women in the U.A.E. Workforce

The United Arab Emirates will celebrate its fifth annual Emirati Women’s Day on August 28, 2019. Ahead of this celebration, it is important to note the progress this young nation has made to date in closing the gender gap, the size of the gap that remains, and the concerted steps the U.A.E.’s public and private sectors are taking to further close this gap.

Progress to Date

One of the most authoritative measures of gender equality is the Gender Gap Index, published in the Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum. The Gender Gap Index calculates the gender-based gaps in access to resources and opportunities in the areas of health, education, the economy, and politics.

The U.A.E.’s Gender Gap Index score has consistently improved over time, and the U.A.E. ranks high relative to its regional peers.

  • The U.A.E. ranks first among Gulf countries, and third out of nineteen Middle East North Africa (MENA) countries, in terms of gender equality

  • The U.A.E. ranks eleventh out of 149 countries worldwide in regard to wage equality for similar work

  • The U.A.E. scored 0.84 (1 = best, 0 = worst) in terms of advancement of women to leadership roles. This is higher than not only the U.S. (0.78), but also Israel (0.67) and Tunisia (0.62), the two MENA nations that outrank the U.A.E. in the Gender Gap Index

Moving beyond the Gender Gap Index, there are two indicative figures that show both the U.A.E.’s progress in closing the gender gap and its continued room for improvement. On the one hand, 66% of the U.A.E.’s public sector labor force is female.3 On the other hand, 84.9% of the total U.A.E. labor force is male.

U.A.E. Gender Gap Index Score 2006-2018

U.A.E. Gender Gap Index Score 2006-2018