The United Arab Emirates will consider recruiting Bangladeshi workers “in future” as the demand of foreign
workers in agriculture and fisheries a growing demand for, a minister has said.Minister for Climate Change
and Environment Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zayudi met State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam on
Sunday on the sidelines of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) in Bangkok, the foreign ministry said.They
discussed wide-range of bilateral issues including “reopening” of UAE’s labour marker for Bangladeshis and
welfare of migrant workers.
A UAE delegation is scheduled to visit Bangladesh soon to assess its demand for Bangladeshi workers.
The state minister referred to that visit during the meeting, and hoped that the visit would pave the way of
“reopening” UAE market for Bangladeshi migrant workers.The UAE minister then said they would “certainly”
consider that in future in view of the growing demands for foreign workers.With over 1.2 million workers in
the oil-rich emirate, the UAE is the second largest destination for Bangladeshi workers.
But in recent years they have stopped taking new workers as the UAE was said to be overhauling its
manpower recruitment process.The state minister also requested for some “good stalls” for Bangladesh at
Expo 2020 in UAE.
The UAE minister suggested Bangladesh to take advantage of the ‘Abu Dhabi Fund’ for climate change and
renewable energy for introducing new technologies for solar and other forms of renewable energy to
strengthen its green energy portfolio.
He invited Bangladesh in the ACD Sustainable Energy Ministerial meeting in Abu Dhabi in January next
year.The three-day second ACD summit will end in Bangkok on Monday after discussing regional
development as well as cooperation and ways to enhance and strengthen Asian unity.
UAE to hire Bangladeshi workers