Recent news

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

UAE: New entry rights

UAE: It has been announced by the UAE Cabinet meeting in Abu Dhabi that Chinese nationals would soon be able to obtain a visa on arrival …

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UAE: Public holiday called

UAE This year the combined Eid Al Adha and Arafat public holidays In UAE for private sector workers will begin on Sunday, September 11th and then run on for a further two days until September 13th …

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UAE: State browsing ban

A recent amendment to the cybercrime law (2012) makes it an offence for anyone in UAE to use a “fraudulent” IP address to commit a crime or prevent its discovery …

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UAE: Job changes hit family members

Immigration rules have changed in the UAE, making it more difficult for family members to remain in the country when the principle work-permit holder changes jobs outside the free-zone …

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Gulf States: New tax to create big job demand

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has agreed to introduce value added tax (VAT) across the whole region …

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UAE: Reduced working hours

With the start of Ramadan (which begins on June 6th) quickly approaching, employers should be preparing for the reduction in working time required under UAE labour law …

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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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