Sustainable Development Goal8(SDG8) aims to promote economic growth and decent work for all. Economies grow when more workers have access to jobs and when workers are more productive. The COVID-19 pandemic has considerably impacted employment opportunities in countries around the world. SDG8 promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. Sustained and inclusive economic growth can drive progress, create decent jobs for all and improve living standards. COVID-19 has disrupted billions of lives and endangered the global economy.

In line with SDG8, one of the six national priorities of the UAE’s National Agenda 2021 is transitioning to a ‘knowledge-based economy’ In practice¨ this signifies promoting innovation and research, supporting high value-adding sectors and strengthening the regulatory framework for key sectors. The Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratization (MOHRE) is responsible of transforming the job market in the UAE into an attractive market for Emirati talent. To do that, MOHRE has focused on developing a system of policies, standards but also institutional partnerships to empower the Emirati labor force, protect the work environment whilst reinforcing innovation.

Canadian University Dubai supports the 2030 vision specifically the SDG8, since economic growth, decent work and work for all is essential to create sustainable societies, CUD offers frequent work opportunities, carries out activities that benefit the workplace of employees and staff members creating fun spaces, CUD promotes the rights of employees and has several policies that comply with and help employees protect their rights as workers. CUD every year creates new strategies to contribute to SDG8.