Recent news

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

UAE: New initiative to boost Emiratization

The UAE has launched a new initiative called the Industrialist Program, which is a training initiative aiming at upskilling citizens in order to give them greater access to skilled jobs in the industrial sector …

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UAE: Aries Group announces women empowerment benefits

The UAE-based multinational, Aries Group, has announced ‘Baby Care Leave’ as a post-natal benefit for female employees …

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UAE: New freelance work permits for ‘all skill levels’ to be introduced

This new permit, which is expected to be rolled out by the third quarter of 2023, will enable freelancers to work within the country, or from any other part of the World …

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UAE: Registration obligations under the pension and social security systems

Employers are reminded that failing to register employees does not exempt the employer in the future from registering them with retrospective effect …

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UAE: 2023 Ramadan working day to be reduced by two hours

Ramadan is expected to commence this year on 23rd March 2023, although this will only be officially confirmed on the night before …

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UAE: Ministry announces deadline extension for changing work contracts

The new deadline set by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization has now been delayed until 31st December 2023, instead of 2nd February 2023 …

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UAE: Ongoing Emiratisation rates

Establishments targeted by the Emiratisation resolution must work to raise their Emiratisation rate to 4% by the end of 2023 …

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UAE: Data protection regulations due to be released

Although the DFC and ADGM already have in place such operating laws, this is not the case for the rest of UAE …

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UAE: Reporting work-related illnesses and injuries

Ministerial Resolution No …

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UAE: Progress with the new unemployment insurance scheme

The number of subscribers to the Unemployment Insurance Scheme has reached more than 250,000 since the start of registration on 1st January 2023 …

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UAE: Health insurance in Dubai – should an employer bear their staff’s premium costs?

According to Article 13 (8) and (9) of the Employment Law, an employer is obliged to provide health insurance to its employees …

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UAE: Emirati employees must be registered in pension scheme within 30 days of appointment

Private sector companies are required to register their Emirati employees with the General Pension and Social Security Authority (GPSSA) …

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UAE: MoHRE launches automated system for employment contracts

An automated system has been launched by the Ministry of Human Resources (MoHRE) to process employment contracts without human intervention …

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UAE: Businesses to start paying 9% corporate tax in 2023

From June 2023, businesses that earn taxable net profit of more than AED375,000 (US$100,000) will be required to pay corporate tax at a rate of 9% on earnings above that threshold …

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UAE: Emiratisation quota only reached if Emirati employees are given skilled jobs

From January 1st 2023, private sector companies with 50+ staff must meet the 2% employment quota …

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