Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to United Arab Emirates as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

UAE: Dubai launches retirement visa scheme for expats

A five-year visa, which allows resident expatriates and foreigners who are older than 55 to retire in Dubai, is now available for application …

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UAE: Paid paternity leave

Male private sector employees who become fathers will probably soon be entitled to up to five working days paid paternity leave – which will be able to be taken at any time within the six months after a birth …

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UAE: Government extends grace period for visa violators

Visitors who came to UAE legally with entry permits that expired before 1st March 2020 now have until 17th November 2020 to leave the country without having to pay any penalty …

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UAE: People with expired UAE visit visas have grace period extended by a month

Visitors who came to UAE legally with entry permits that expired after 1st March 2020 may now stay until 11th September 2020 …

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UAE: Strict procedures when reaching an arbitration agreement

A recent Court of Cassation ruling underlines the importance of following strict procedures when reaching an arbitration agreement …

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UAE: Work in direct Sun in open areas to be banned until September 15, 2020

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has now banned working in direct sunlight in open areas from 12:30pm to 3:00pm, until 15th September 2020 – with exceptional cases, where continued work is required for technical reasons …

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UAE: All visa fines have been waived

People with entry or residency permits that expired before the 1st of March 2020, will not have to pay any fines …

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UAE: Temporary emergency measures

A number of temporary emergency measures have been introduced for employers in the DIFC free zone …

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UAE: Early leave

The government has launched an ‘Early Leave’ initiative which seeks to enable foreign workers in the private sector who wish to temporarily return to their home countries to do so during the Covid-19 crisis period …

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UAE: Medical fitness test waived, residency visas to be automatically renewed

Work permits and residence visas are now being issued and renewed automatically for facilities workers amid COVID-19 …

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UAE: New law to limit weight of heavy vehicles

Heavy goods vehicle fleet managers should take note that new lorry weight limits will soon be introduced …

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UAE: Dubai disinfects its streets, public seats, doors, elevators against coronavirus spread

The 24-hour disinfecting of the streets is in progress and there are only certain employees in “vital sectors” allowed to work, provided they carry authorisation from their employer …

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UAE: Emirates airline asks workers to take month of unpaid leave amid coronavirus crisis

The airline Emirates is suspending virtually all passenger flights, although its cargo operations will continue …

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UAE: Workforce statistics

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has just published workforce statistics showing that the total working population has only grown slightly in recent years and that women account for around 10% of those who are economically active …

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UAE: New gratuity plan for expats working in DIFC

A change in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) employment regulations has replaced end-of-service benefits (EoSB) gratuities with a mandatory qualifying contributory savings plan …

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