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Half of all Dubai Metro staff positions will be for Emiratis only by 2013

Half of all Dubai Metro staff positions will be for Emiratis only by 2013, the chief of Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTAsaid on Tuesday.

Over the next five years a total of 583 UAE nationals will take up various positions within the metro, mainly in engineering, health and safety and managerial posts, Mattar Al Tayer, RTA chairman, said.

By the end of this year 218 Emiratis will be employed on the metro - 26 in senior management positions, eight in human resources, marketing and finance, 74 in customer service and 110 engineers.

Over the next three years 80 Emiratis will be employed a year on average, Al Tayer said.

"The RTA has got in place an integrated plan to Emiratise various jobs and upgrade the qualifications of the national manpower across the RTA in general and in Dubai Metro in particular," Al Tayer said in a statement.

"The RTA is keen to train and place UAE nationals, such that Emiratisation will reach 30-50 percent in the leadership and supervisory positions over the initial five years of the metro operation."

The Emiratisation targets have been added to the contract the RTA have with Serco, the company employed to manage the metro network.

"The RTA is continually carrying out periodical audits to verify Serco's commitment to implement the targeted Emiratisation rates and attract new Emiratis in keeping with the contract," Al Tayer said.

The firm has been instructed to restrict future employment of judicial enforcement officers, front-end employees and conductors to Emiratis only, Al Tayer said.

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