Abu Dhabi Plans Welfare System Linked to Jobs

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Abu Dhabi, the wealthiest of the United Arab Emirates, plans to offer its unemployed citizens a welfare program linked to job opportunities, the National newspaper reported.

Jobless citizens, who can receive monthly unemployment payments starting at 6,000 dirhams ($1,634), will have to accept one of three job offers arranged by the state or risk losing the government’s financial support, the newspaper reported. It cited Mugheer Al Khaili, the chairman of Abu Dhabi’s new Department of Community Development.

The newspaper originally reported that Abu Dhabi was going to cut benefits, but later replaced the article with an updated version.

The system is separate from federal-level benefits, the newspaper said.

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