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The National Experts Program offers Emiratis a unique opportunity to contribute to the UAE’s strategic development

27 Jul 2022
  • Emirati technical experts working across 15 future-growth sectors are invited to apply for the third edition of the National Experts Program
  • The sectors are aligned with the UAE's strategic priorities in the clusters of Economic Growth, Social Development, and Sustainability and Infrastructure
  • Applications for the third edition of NEP, a unique career accelerator, are open to Emiratis across the country until 8 August 2022


Emirati professionals from across the country are invited to apply for the third edition of the National Experts Program (NEP 3.0).

NEP equips participants with the knowledge and expertise to have a transformative impact on key social and economic sectors aligned with the UAE’s centennial strategy. This edition will focus on unlocking the potential of 15 Emirati professionals across three key clusters: Economic Growth, Social Development, and Sustainability and Infrastructure. 

NEP 3.0 is strategically positioned to advance the priorities presented in the President’s speech on 13 July. The program develops talented Emirati professionals whose skills are essential to accelerating sustainable social and economic growth and improving the UAE’s global competitiveness. For example, the sectors of Space and Health and Well-Being are both key to expanding the national science and technology infrastructure; Culture and Heritage is essential to preserving the UAE’s traditions and artifacts; and Education is a vital element of realizing a knowledge-based economy. 

Under the Economic Growth cluster, candidates working in the fields of Economic Development, Advanced Sciences and Research, Technology and Innovation, Space, Media and the Creative Industries, Tourism, Retail and Lifestyle are eligible to apply. 

Within the Social Development cluster, Emiratis who work in the fields of Culture and Heritage, Education, Health and Well-Being, Community Development and Social Services, and Policy and Government Services are encouraged to apply. 

As for the Sustainability and Infrastructure cluster, technical experts working in the sectors of Environment and Climate Change, Mobility and Logistics, Energy and Renewables, and Food and Water Security are invited to apply. 

Commenting on the application process, His Excellency Ahmed Talib Al Shamsi, Director of the National Experts Program and CEO of Emirates Foundation, stated: “We thank President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his inspirational speech presenting the vision and priorities for the UAE. NEP is committed to investing in the development of our incredible wealth of Emirati talent that is at the foundation of achieving that bright vision. This program provides dynamic and career-focused Emiratis a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play a central role in shaping a better future for their country and helping realize the vision of our wise leadership.”

“With two successful editions already completed, the program has a proven track record of accelerating the technical and leadership development of our brightest experts from many sectors, helping to further our objective of building a knowledge-based economy and cementing the nation’s global position as hub for innovation,” added His Excellency.

Successful applicants will embark on an eight-month course that includes thought-provoking academic learning with top global education partners, immersive work experience on strategic projects, and one-on-one mentorship with an influential government or business leader in their sector. 

To date, 46 Emiratis from a range of professional backgrounds have taken part in NEP. Several projects developed by graduates during the program’s first two editions are currently implemented across various sectors, demonstrating NEP’s tangible transformative results.

NEP is open to Emirati professionals with over 10 years of work experience, including five in their selected sector. Applications for the third edition of NEP will remain open through 8 August 2022.