Recent news

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

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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UAE: No work permits for companies ignoring court rulings

The UAE Ministry of Labour has announced that they will not grant work permits to companies found guilty of non-compliance with final court rulings concerning labour issues …

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UAE: Public holiday granted to private-sector workers

It has been announced that the Islamic New Year will be a paid public holiday this year for all private-sector workers in the UAE …

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UAE: Plans to introduce Schengen-style visa

The Gulf Cooperation Council has announced its plans to introduce a new Schengen-style, unified visa …

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UAE: Health insurance becomes mandatory for largest employers in Dubai

From the end of this month, the largest employers in Dubai will be required to provide their employees with mandatory health insurance …

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UAE: Employers complying with the midday work ban

A period of labour inspections conducted in the UAE this Summer found only 56 worksites out of 44,779 to have violated the ban on midday work …

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UAE: New visa system now in effect

A new entry visa system has been introduced in the United Arab Emirates by the General Directorates of Residency and Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Interior …

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UAE: E-labour cards and contracts now in force



Anyone working in UAE, who is not a UAE citizen, must obtain a labour card (work permit) issued by the Ministry of Labour …

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