Recent news

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

UAE: Mobile court resolves Abu Dhabi wages dispute

A collective dispute over unpaid wages in Abu Dhabi was resolved due to the visit by a mobile court to the company labour camp …

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UAE: UAE, Uganda sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on recruitment practices

The Ugandan and UAE Employment Ministries have signed a memorandum of understanding with the aim of reinforcing cooperation between the two countries and adopting labour practices for the contractual work of Ugandan employees in the UAE …

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UAE: The New DIFC Employment Law 2019

The revised DIFC employment law (No 2 of 2019) has now been enacted by the UAE Vice-President …

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UAE: Government announces 6-month interim visas for long-term residence visa seekers

Six-month multiple-entry interim visas are now available for eligible investors and entrepreneurs seeking to obtain long-term residency of the UAE …

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UAE: Ramadan working hours for private sector in UAE announced

A circular issued by the Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation sets out the changes to private sector working hours during Ramadan …

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UAE: DIFC proposes New Employment Law

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Authority shall be publishing its new proposed employment law sometime in the first half of 2019 …

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UAE: New Abu Dhabi economic licenses to be exempt from fees

All new economic licenses issued in the emirate will be exempt from all local fees for a time period of two years from the date of their issuance …

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UAE: Ministry launches new job classification scheme

Employers in the UAE may now only hire foreign nationals from a standard list of just under 800 standard job titles – down from 3000 previously allowed …

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UAE: E-cigarettes to be Legalised

Employers will soon need to update their workplace smoking policies …

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UAE: Visa amnesty extended for the month of December

The UAE government has further extended the country’s visa amnesty for short-term migrants by one month and now it will end on the 31st of December 2018 …

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UAE: Employment rules being modernised in Dubai’s finance centre

A number of fundamental changes are nearing final agreement covering employment in Dubai’s International Financial Centre (DIFC), which has its own body of laws …

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UAE: Cabinet approves long-term visa system

Long-term visas are now available for affluent investors, senior scientists and entrepreneurs under the newly approved immigration rules …

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UAE/Sierra Leone: MoU on exemption of pre-entry visa signed

UAE passport holders may now obtain a 30-day entry visa upon arrival in Sierra Leone …

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UAE/Mexico: Visa waiver for travel between UAE, Mexico

With effect from the 31st of October, 2018, citizens from UAE and Mexico with regular passports will be allowed visa-free access between the two countries …

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UAE: New worker’s insurance scheme effective mid-October

Under a new worker’s insurance scheme, starting from mid-October, instead of paying a mandatory deposit of Dh3,000 (US$816 …

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