The UAE is recruiting agricultural workers to increase agricultural production and reduce imports.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) aims to produce 50 percent of its food consumption locally by 2051, so it could start recruiting agricultural workers from India, largely thanks to good bilateral relations between New Delhi and Abu Dhabi. Currently, most of the food demand is covered by imports. The kingdom of the Persian Gulf is one of the countries most affected by food shortages in the world. In 2018, he launched the National Food Security Strategy to ensure adequate food supply for all citizens. “The UAE government planned to bring rural workers to the Kingdom a few weeks ago. But the specifications of the employed workers have not yet been published,” said Samuel Joy, founder and CEO of migrant labor market Hunter.

Emulating Israel

According to him, the UAE is trying to imitate Israel, which has turned the desert into an “agricultural paradise”. “Israel has become self-sufficient in its own food production and it exports to European countries”.  First, the UAE could recruit 20,000 such workers this year and in the long term, the need may be two million.” The UAE government brought scientists from Israel to work on soil fertility. Billions of dollars have been invested in agriculture, Joy said.

At the September 2023 I2U2 (India, Israel, UAE and US) summit, the group focused on food security for each country and looked at clean energy development.

Arable land in the Emirates

“The private sector in the United States and Israel is invited to contribute their knowledge and provide innovative solutions that contribute to the overall sustainability of the project. These investments will help maximize yields and in turn help fight food insecurity in South Asia and the Middle East,” the group said in a statement. According to the World Bank, only 0.5 percent of the UAE’s land area is arable. It has decreased by 3 percent annually due to desertification and soil degradation. It also suffers from water because the groundwater is quickly depleted. The largest aspects of the UAE’s agricultural sector are 36 percent (indoor cultivation), 15.9 percent (precision agriculture) and 15 percent (agricultural inputs), according to the “AgriTech in the UAE Industry Landscape Q3 2022” report. About 65 percent of the country’s agricultural enterprises are micro-enterprises with less than 50 employees.

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