Nepalis have very good reputation here in the UAE. If we can have the balance of hard work and talent, no other nationals can beat Nepali workers in the labor market
By Sudip Adhikari
I have been working in United Arab Emirates for the past seven years. Before coming here in this rapidly developing country (many of my friends and) I used to think that the gulf countries didn’t have anything other than oil. That impression has changed. I have learned something new while working in the Middle East (or West Asia) and seeing the way my host country is doing phenomenal progress in economy. UAE has become an example in Asia that if the governments have the strong will power anything is possible to bring in a new era in a country. Let us not forget that, to achieve such progress, this country is getting hard work support from thousands of Nepali nationals.
Of course, Nepali people are naturally hard workers. They are committed to their duties: either inside their homeland or in abroad. Important thing is that how much a worker gets as the return for his hard work. Because they get paid less for the job they do, many Nepalese have left their home for foreign land. More and more are leaving even as I am writing these lines. Also, there are few opportunities back in home and we don’t have fair competition (the employment judgments are mostly unfair). I know it’s not really good to appreciate foreign place in contrast to the homeland. And I am not doing that here but just trying to share my experience as a worker here in UAE with the readers of this site:
Nepalis have very good reputation here in the UAE. They are most trusted among all foreign nationals. Because of their hard work and honesty some qualified Nepali youths are now getting very responsible roles and powerful posts in several big and multinational companies. Big companies choose Nepali people for sensitive and responsible posts and jobs. It is already proved from the statements of the UAE’s Labor minister that he is ready to welcome more Nepali workers in the UAE in coming days.
PROBLEMS OF MAJORITY NEPALI WORKERS
Overwhelming majority of Nepali youths attend government-run schools back in Nepal that have poor quality and infrastructure. The educational standards in these schools, unfortunately, are not up to what is really needed in this competitive world. Majority of the workforce of Nepali origin in foreign countries come form that group- educated in those public high schools. Because of poor education those youths are not being able to be benefited from the golden opportunity where they are working. They can’t speak the foreign language (especially the English). They also don’t have some accountancy knowledge that is needed in many jobs here. Another problem with Nepali workers here is that they lack certain technical skills.
We need to establish many more technical institutes in Nepal to produce technically-skilled youths who could be used in home or sent to foreign countries where they can earn relatively more. There is always high demand of workforce in the fields like of accountancy, hospitality industry, retail business, construction, computer, teaching and many more in the UAE and other developed countries as well. In my view, our youth population needs technical skills to be able to work in such fields. If we can have the balance of hard work and talent, no other nationals can beat Nepali workers in the labor market anywhere in the world.
…BUT NOT THE LEAST
Our country is in transition now. Every Nepali working abroad is always worried about the country. Because of unrest and volatile political situation back in home, people are suffering a lot. We just request all political leaders to break all differences, maintain harmony and take the country on the path of peace and development.
Sudip Adhikari has been living in Dubai for the last seven years and is currently working for a STARBUCKS outlet in the city.