Emirati expats are finding it increasingly difficult to find work in Yemen, despite being well educated, the UAE’s unemployment department has said.
Its statistics showed there were more than 14 million unemployed people in the country in April, the first time in nearly a decade that the country has seen a decline in the number of people out of work.
There were 8.5 million unemployed in April.
It has now recorded a drop of 6.9 million, the lowest level since the country was hit by a civil war in 2006.
The number of unemployed people increased to 3.9 billion last year, the second lowest in the world behind the Philippines, the unemployment department said in a statement.
A recent survey by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs showed that the unemployment rate in Yemen was 6.6% in the second quarter, down from 6.8% in April and 7.1% in 2015.
Yemen has been grappling with severe food shortages and a power crisis since Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries intervened in support of the internationally recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in 2014.
With oil prices low and the war raging, many expatriates have moved to Yemen to take up jobs in the impoverished Gulf kingdom.
In January, Saudi Arabia imposed a total ban on all foreign workers from entering the country, including expats.