Abu Dhabi launches engineer registration system

System will integrate disciplines including architectural, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering

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Abu Dhabi’s Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities (DPM) has announced the launch of a new registration system for all engineers in the emirate.

The DPM initiative – Become an Abu Dhabi Registered Engineer – aims to ensure all engineers living and working in the UAE capital register their qualifications at the website.

Once they receive DPM approval, engineers will get an official card that will certify them to work across Abu Dhabi, a statement from the authority said.

Developed in line with the Abu Dhabi Plan, the integrated digital system ensures the mutual recognition of all qualifications listed for every engineer. This streamlined process will provide DPM with a pool of certified engineers that are permitted to work across the emirates, it said.

The aim of the initiative is to regulate standards, principles and best practices in the profession, while ensuring that only registered engineers – with approved academic qualifications – are assigned to relevant work.

The initiative is part of DPM’s wider strategy to support the provision of high quality engineering and academic expertise, while continuing its commitment of upgrading and enhancing the quality of work and services in the construction sector. It is also aligned with the department’s objective of enhancing its role in the sustainable development of the emirate, to plan safe, secure, well-connected communities that reflect the values and culture of the emirate.

“While attracting the best local, regional and international expertise in all fields, this new system also demonstrates the ongoing collaborative efforts of the Abu Dhabi Government and DPM to ensure it continues to raise the bar in urban planning and construction on a global level,” said Falah Al Ahbabi, chairman of the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities.

“When engineers are listed on the new system, it becomes a badge of professionalism and formal recognition of their qualifications. It also provides the Emirate with a tool that connects talent to opportunities, ensuring we continue to shape a sustainable future for Abu Dhabi.”

The registration system integrates all disciplines of engineering, including architectural, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.

In order to register engineers must present a valid ID card and a bachelor’s degree in engineering or equivalent. The system will also require authenticated certificates issued by the relevant authorities and established universities.

They will also be required to submit an employment card issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation or valid investor card if the employee is working in the private sector.

A continuation letter of employment must be submitted, ensuring it is received within one month from the issue date, the statement concluded.


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