Established pursuant to Law no. 7 of 2015 issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Human Resources Authority (HRA) is a government body with legal personality and full legal capacity to act. The HRA reports to the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and was created to replace the Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council, the civil services sector, and the Abu Dhabi Government Leadership Centre at the Council’s General Secretariat.

The law for the establishment of HRA came to help fulfil the aspirations of the wise leadership of Abu Dhabi, which aims to promote the Emirate’s human resources system through an institution that would be entrusted with the design and development of a unified human resource policy for Abu Dhabi’s public sector.

According to said law, HRA aims at developing the needed legislation and strategies for the development and consolidation of practices, controls, standards, and regulations for human resources management and Emiratisation in Abu Dhabi. This would contribute to reducing disparities in the implementation of human resource methodologies and processes in local government entities and improve the performance of human resources management to ensure the achievement of development-related aspirations.

HRA’s role consists of managing human resources affairs based on three pillars: (1) The legislative pillar (governance) which consists of the creation and proposal of legislative texts, laws, regulations, and policies on human resources and Emiratisation affairs in Abu Dhabi, to be enforced across all Abu Dhabi public institutions; (2) the strategic pillar (human resources) which relates to HRA’s role in preparing, developing, supporting, and approving human resource and Emiratisation plans and strategies in line with the Abu Dhabi Plan; and (3) the operational pillar (development) which is related to the development and approval of regulations, programmes, and projects aimed at efficient and effective human resources management.

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