Recent news

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

UAE: Overstay on short-term visas now subject to a fine

The ten-day grace period that used to follow a 30-day UAE visitor or business visa has been abolished and those overstaying will now be subject to a fine of 100 Emirati dirham (approximately 27 US dollars) per day …

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UAE: National holiday declared

A UAE ministerial circular has declared that May 5th 2016 will be a national holiday for both the public and private sectors to celebrate Israa and Miraj …

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UAE: Introduction of mandatory employee health insurance nearly complete

The gradual introduction of mandatory employee health insurance cover by companies in the Dubai Emirate is now nearing completion …

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UAE: Ministry gets strict on work permits

Although the UAE has already issued over 250,000 new work permits since the beginning of the year, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has announced that it will not approve any further permits unless the labour contract exactly matches the clauses on the work permit application and both documents are clearly signed by the jobholder …

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UAE: Additional languages approved for employment contracts

In order that employees better understand their rights, the UAE’s Ministry of Labour has approved nine languages — in addition to the obligatory Arabic and English — in which job offers and employment contracts may be written …

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UAE: Labour law reform to protect foreign workers

The United Arab Emirates is to reform is labour laws to give greater protection to foreign workers, the Ministry of Labour has announced …

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UAE: New public holiday announced

A new public holiday has been declared in UAE …

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UAE: New generic anti-discrimination law adopted

The federal government of the United Arab Emirates has announced that a law on the prevention of discrimination has now been adopted …

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UAE: Employment Regulations for the Abu Dhabi Global Market published

The final version of the Employment Regulations for the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) free zone in the United Arab Emirates has now been published …

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UAE: Reduction in working time during Ramadan

It has been announced that workers in the private sector in the UAE will have their working time reduced by two hours per day during Ramadan …

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UAE: UAE citizens granted visa-free travel in Schengen area

The United Arab Emirates has entered into a historic Schengen visa-waiver deal with the European Union …

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UAE: Share schemes for employees will be permitted

From July 1st 2015 companies in the UAE will be able to issue shares as part of an employee share scheme …

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UAE: New Year added as official holiday

The UAE Ministry of Labour has announced that January 1st 2015 will be a paid public holiday for all private sector employees in order to mark the New Year …

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UAE: Changes to fines imposed on employers

Employers in the UAE who have accumulated fines for failure to issue or renew labour cards (work permits for non-UAE nationals) will be given an opportunity to clear their fines in the New Year …

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UAE: Revisions to labour law promised

Saqr Gobash Saeed Gobash, the UAE’s Minister of Labour, has announced a number of plans to amend the country’s labour law …

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