A delegation from the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi met with a number of sector managers and officials in Al Ain municipality in order to identify the needs and requirements of development in the Eastern Region, study economic and social realities of citizens, detect employment of citizenship and the distribution of job seekers in various areas as well being informed on the availability and accessibility of services and facilities in remote areas.The Department of Economic Development Studies Directorate delegation was welcomed by Municipality officials and praised for its quest in preparing studies and research on the Eastern Region economic and social realities and demographics; and particularly in remote areas. Municipality officials expressed readiness to provide required data and render necessary support to enable these studies reflect the actual realities in and further development efforts in these areas.The delegation was briefed by municipal officials on most important aspirations of citizens in remote areas of the Eastern Region; and the nature of jobs and sectors of interest, consistent with their skills. The Department of economic Development team was informed of the most important existing, new, proposed and required development projects, which would contribute to the provision of employment opportunities and achieving required growth rates.The meeting came within the keenness and efforts of the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to develop the Eastern and Western Regions, with focus on development of remote areas and satisfaction of their needs and requirements. Order to achieve ensure decent life for citizens, spur development of focus sectors and achieve sustainable development.The Emirate of Abu Dhabi lays great emphasis on economic development of remote areas, where the Economic Vision 2030, provided for economic and social plans meant to attain sustainable development, especially in remote areas of the Eastern and Western Regions, which will help create job opportunities, raise income levels, and contribute to population structure stability.The Department of Economic Development delegation emphasized the importance of developing, a highly skilled and highly productive national labor force, which is one of the seven areas of focus for the economic policy, to ensure higher participation of the nationals in labor force, optimal utilization of wealth, and government goal of reducing unemployment rate among citizens to less than 5% by 2030.During the meeting, the Studies Directorate delegation reviewed the objectives of the study scheduled to be conducted in the Eastern Region, with focus on remote areas, explaining that it seeks to develop a comprehensive vision for economic development, to create job opportunities for citizens in those areas, according to development plans and strategies that have been approved by the government.The delegation explained that study will raise its findings and recommendations to decision-makers to help accelerating the pace of economic and social development in remote areas, and formulate policies in this regard; and draw the main outlines for the development of skilled national labor force. The study will also propose the necessary framework to stimulate the private sector and the development of SMEs. The Department of Economic Development delegation, added that the study will also focus on raising awareness to change the culture of work, prospects for creation of new jobs, strengthen the role of the Department of Economic Development in the progress of remote areas, Emiratization and development of necessary policies and procedures towards that end.According to the delegation, the study also seeks to describe the practice of economic development in remote areas and identify the most important challenges related to the process of Emiratization. The field research will concentrate on identifying the aspirations of citizens seeking work in these areas; the nature of jobs, the attractive sectors, consistency with citizens acquired skills, development focus sectors as well as identifying the requirements of the labor market in remote areas by sectors and economic activities.