Recent news

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

UAE: 441 private companies fined for fake Emiratisation

Since the second half of 2022, a total of 436 establishments have been fined by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) for false claims of Emiratisation, whilst five establishments were found to have circumvent Emiratisation targets altogether …

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UAE: New system announced to cream off top University graduates

The Ministry of Education has announced that its “University Certificates Recognition” system will replace the previous “University Qualification Equivalency” system for degrees issued by foreign higher educational institutions (HEIs), enabling individuals to continue their education or apply for jobs in the UAE …

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UAE: Visa-free arrangement with Azerbaijan established

Citizens of both countries are now exempted from the visa regime and can stay in the territory of the other country for up to 90 days …

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UAE: Expansion of emiratisation penalties

Private sector companies with 20 to 49 workers in 14 specific economic activities must hire at least one Emirati in 2024 and another in 2025 …

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UAE: Record emiratization rate in the private sector

Some 17,000 private sector companies employed UAE citizens on 7th July 2023, which was the last day for companies to achieve their semi-annual emiratisation targets …

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UAE: Eid Al Adha 2023 holidays announced for private sector

27th June (Tuesday) to 30th June (Friday) (9th to 12th of Dhul Hijjah 1444 Hijri) will be a public paid holiday for the private sector on the occasion of the Day of Arafah and Eid Al Adha …

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UAE: 2023 Midday break

Employers are reminded that the mandatory midday break for outdoor workers this year will remain in effect until 15th September …

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UAE: Deadline extended for mandatory job loss insurance (1st October 2023)

The date of imposing fines on those who fail to register with the Unemployment Insurance Scheme has now been extended until 1st October 2023, instead of 1st July 2023 …

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UAE: Extension of Emiratization deadline (7th July 2023)

The deadline for meeting semi-annual Emiratisation targets for private sector companies with 50 employees or more has been extended from 30th June 2023 to 7th July 2023 …

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UAE: Application of unemployment insurance scheme extended to free zones

The scheme came into effect earlier this year and was made mandatory for employees in the country …

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UAE: Reduction in compensation claims under the new Labour Law

Since the introduction of the new law, employees who are terminated are far less likely to qualify for compensation than under the former law …

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UAE: Legally mandated breaks during the working day

Employers are reminded that they must not allow their employees to work for more than five consecutive hours without a break (or breaks) of not less than an hour in total …

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UAE: Half-yearly Emiratisation target

Employers should note that 30th June is the deadline for private sector companies with 50 employees or more to achieve their half-yearly Emiratisation targets, set at 1% of skilled jobs …

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UAE: Dismissal now much simpler to achieve

Under the new labour law, either party may lawfully give notice to the other, as long as the notice periods in their employment contracts are adhered to …

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UAE: Wage Protection System implemented for DMCC Free Zone

All companies registered with the Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre (DMCC) Free Zone are now required to pay foreign nationals who hold a valid (or expired) employment visa or personal identity card via the Wage Protection System (WPS) …

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