UAE Among Top Countries for Global Talent Competitiveness

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a clear focus on developing strategies for boosting their competitiveness to attract talents that contribute to productivity and prosperity. ‘Smart cities’ such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai play increasingly central roles as entrepreneurial ‘talent hubs’; thus, ‘providing a conducive environment for skilled cadres,’ reports the online news site Sharjah 24.

According to the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), published by graduate business school INSEAD in partnership with The Adecco Group and Tata Communications, the UAE continues to generate, grow, attract and retain talents and, in this year’s report, it is actually highlighted that the country has resources that display “impressive skills of external openness, strong vocational and technical skills, and high degrees of employability,” tells Sharjah24.

As mentioned on its website (, “GTCI is an annual benchmarking report that measures and ranks countries based on their ability to grow, attract and retain talent.” For the fourth consecutive time the UAE came in the lead of MENA nations in the 2019 GTCI report, a unique resource for decision makers to understand the global talent competitiveness picture and develop strategies for boosting their competitiveness. In effect, the UAE has been ranked 1st regionally and 19th globally of the 125 national economies covered by GTCI 2019 that’s used in linking talent to economic development.

The “position in this year’s GTCI report is both recognition and confirmation of the fact that the vision of the country’s leadership – to build a knowledge-based economy – is taking hold,” says Romain Liot, managing director of Adecco Middle East.

In the overall GTCI rankings, UAE is among the best performers this year, in particular attracting talent and improving growth. United Arab Emirates (19th) has the third-highest score in the Attract pillar.

The GTCI offers three indices and a total of 6 pillars:

  • The talent competitiveness Input sub-index
    • Enable pillar
    • Attract pillar (also through high-skilled migration)
    • Grow pillar (to include apprenticeships, training, and continuous education that cultivates experience)
    • Retain pillar (to ensure sustainability and keeping talents engaged after they are integrated into the workforce)
  • The talent competitiveness Output sub-index (talent development is essential for employability in today’s labor market)
    • Vocational and Technical Skills pillar
    • Global Knowledge Skills pillar
  • The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), the simple arithmetic average of the scores registered on each of the six pillars

All told, UAE’s ‘talent competitiveness’ is strengthening and has never been more important than it is today! More and more, the country is promoting the movement of skill sets towards a highly specialized knowledge-based economy. The UAE is creating a strong business environment that commits to continuous education and training to equip the workers of tomorrow with the right skills in innovative and leadership practices.

UAE’s top cities in global talent competitiveness are as follows…

Abu Dhabi

  • 55 GTCI Rank
  • Regional Group Northern Africa & Western Asia


  • 59 GTCI Rank
  • Regional Group Northern Africa & Western Asia
UAE Among Top Countries for Global Talent Competitiveness

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