What are the Unemployment Benefits of Nafis?

  • July 11, 2024
  • 03:40 Minutes


The NAFIS Program is a federal initiative launched by the UAE government to enhance the employability and competitiveness of Emirati citizens, particularly in the private sector. One of the critical components of this program is the Unemployment Benefit, which serves as a safety net for Emiratis who lose their jobs involuntarily.

This article discusses unemployment benefits under this program in more detail.

What is the Nafis Unemployment Benefit?

The Unemployment Benefit under  the program is designed to provide a buffer for Emiratis during periods of unemployment. It ensures financial stability and enables them to focus on finding new job opportunities without immediate financial pressure.

This initiative is part of the broader goal of the program to support the socio-economic well-being of Emirati citizens and facilitate their meaningful participation in the workforce.

Financial support helps individuals to navigate their lives and support themselves and their families in uncertain times.

What are Unemployment Benefits under Nafis?

The Unemployment Benefit provides financial assistance to help Emiratis sustain their livelihood during periods of job loss.

Affected Emiratis receive benefits as mentioned here:

  • Unemployed Emiratis: AED 7,000 per month
  • Non-working spouse: AED 4,500 per month
  • First child: AED 2,400 per month
  • Second child: AED 2,400 per month
  • Third child: AED 1,600 per month

Financial support is disbursed for 12 months within five years, but the benefit period should not exceed six consecutive months during the five years.

Also, read Do’s and Don’ts of Nafis Program

Eligibility Criteria for Claiming Unemployment Benefit

To qualify for the NAFIS Unemployment Benefits, Emirati citizens must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Nationality: Applicants must be UAE nationals.
  • Age: The applicants should be between 18 and 60 years old.
  • Employment Status: Applicants must have lost their jobs due to reasons beyond their control, such as company downsizing or economic circumstances. They should not be students or beneficiaries of other financial social assistance programs from federal or local authorities.
  • Registration: Applicants must be registered on the platform and with Emiratisation-related authorities.
  • Income: The applicant’s income from commercial licences and real estate revenues will be counted. They are not entitled to the support if they refuse a job opportunity.
  • Work Eligibility: Currently not enrolled in the National Healthcare program through NAFIS.

How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits?

To apply for the NAFIS Unemployment Benefits, eligible Emirati citizens need to follow a structured application process. Here are the detailed steps:

  • Registration on the Program Platform: Visit the official platform at gov.ae. Create an account if you don’t already have one by providing necessary personal details and verifying your identity.
  • Profile Completion: Complete your profile on the platform by filling in all required information, including personal details, educational background, work experience, and other relevant data.
  • Application Submission: Navigate to the section for Unemployment Benefits. Fill out the application form with accurate information regarding your employment status, reason for job loss, and other required details.
  • Document Upload: Upload all necessary documents to support your application. This may include:
    • Emirates ID
    • Proof of previous employment (e.g., employment contract, termination letter)
    • Proof of completion or exemption from UAE National Service
    • Any other documents specified by the platform
  • Review and Confirmation: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all details are correct and all required documents are uploaded. Submit the application.
  • Authority Review: Once submitted, your application will be reviewed by the relevant authorities. If needed, you may be contacted for additional information or clarification.
  • Approval: If your application is approved, you will get notified through the NAFIS platform, email, or SMS. Approved applicants will receive financial support as per the program’s guidelines.
  • Disbursement of Benefits: Financial support will be disbursed to the approved applicants for up to 12 months within five years, ensuring the benefit period does not exceed six consecutive months during this period.

You should regularly check your email and the platform for any updates or additional requirements related to your application. If your application is not approved, you may review the reasons for denial, address any issues, and reapply if eligible.


The Unemployment Benefit under the Program is designed to buffer Emiratis during unemployment. It ensures their financial stability and helps them look for a new job without much stress.

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