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START DATE 29 November 2017

Middlesex University Dubai

END DATE 29 November 2017

We are pleased to invite you to this week’s research seminar. It will be held on November 29th  from 4pm, at Middlesex University Dubai in the Oasis Theatre, Block 16, Knowledge Park. The Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008, and has featured more than 210 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. This week’s presentation is:


UAE National Retention - Will the introduction of the new legislation for flexible working hours for female and male UAE Nationals improve retention in the public sector?

Janine Lau-Pope

Middlesex University Dubai


The Abu Dhabi Government has established a key initiative for all Government Departments and Government Related Entities (GREs) to increase the level of Emiratization across the workforce. An initiative established to both address the unemployment situation across the younger generation of Nationals and for security purposes; simply put the Emirate should not be reliant upon an expatriate workforce. 

For the company analysed in the research assignment, and for the government sector in general, this is a challenge; driven by a number of underlying factors, including: cultural difficulties facing female citizens who are expected to run the home and accept a deferential position to their male counter-parts; UAE Nationals receive premium remuneration packages making these initiatives expensive and causing conflict with the profit motive of many GREs; despite high investment in recruitment and training (incl. university sponsorship and substantial training levels once such individuals graduate and join the workforce) many entities face high turnover levels across its UAE National employees - the simple fact being that they are ‘in demand’ with many entities seeking to meet their employment quotas such that a sellers-market exists - in the context of an underlying desire for material rewards such personnel will change positions and employers regularly with each new job bringing an enhancement to their profile and remuneration package. 

In addition ‘generational’ issues have been identified wherein UAE Nationals in the 50+ age bracket tend to show immense loyalty to their employers, such individuals having ‘grown up’ with their nation and remember when their families had little in terms of material assets and disposable income; the situation of these individuals is in marked contrast to the younger generation who were born into a high wealth nation and have enjoyed a high standard of living throughout their lives. 

The research assignment specifically considers whether the introduction of flexible working arrangements (flexi-time, part-time work etc.) could be successfully applied to redress the current problems faced and enhance the level of UAE National retention.  


Educated at the University of Worms, Germany, with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, and has recently completed her Master’s Degree studies in Human Resource Management at Middlesex University in Dubai, Janine is a results oriented HR professional who has worked for the Government of Abu Dhabi for more than 10 years. 

Since 2006 Janine has worked for the Senaat Group of Companies; Senaat is one of the UAE’s largest industrial investment holding companies, mandated by the Abu Dhabi Government to create, optimise, promote and champion capital-intensive industrial assets. As a key contributor to Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030, Senaat operates in four industrial sectors: metals; oil and gas services; construction and building materials; and food and beverage manufacturing.

From October 2010 until February 2017 she has worked as VP HR with one of Senaat’s largest operating companies; National Petroleum and Construction Company (NPCC) - a major EPC contractor to the oil and gas sector with a workforce of over 12,000 personnel.  Prior to this she worked with Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Corporation PJSC, now merged with Senaat, an entity which was established in 2006 to drive the development of the industrial sector in Abu Dhabi.

Janine’s previous experience was established in a number of private sector companies working across a number of diverse economies, including the Middle East, Europe, the United States and the Indian sub-continent.

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