Recent news

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

UAE: Travel exit ban

Expatriates, or even business visitors, could find that they have a travel exit ban imposed upon them …

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UAE: Ministry announces amended penalties for firms that don’t pay salaries on time

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has announced amended penalties for firms which don’t pay salaries on time …

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UAE: Eid Al Adha 2022 date

This coming Saturday will be the first day of Eid Al Adha, and tomorrow will also be a public holiday to celebrate Arafat Day …

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UAE: Abu Dhabi offers one-year lease exemption for 1,200 economic activities

A total of 1,200 Abu Dhabi economic activities will be granted a one-year exemption from having a formal lease contract for work premises …

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UAE: Committee established to examine collective labor disputes

A new collective disputes committee has been established to intervene in pay-related disputes involving 50 or more workers …

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UAE: MOHRE announces mid-day break from June 15 to September 15

The Mid-Day Break (from 12:30pm until 3pm), which restricts workers on construction sites from undertaking outside tasks during the hottest period of the day, will be in force until 15th September 2022 …

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UAE: Fines to increase annually for private firms not complying with Emiratisation

Private companies that do not comply with the 2% Emiratisation quota rate shall progressively pay heftier fines …

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UAE: Changes to the federal labour and employment laws

A number of fundamental changes are being made to the Emirates labour law under Federal Law No …

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UAE: New whistleblowing regime introduced by DFSA

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) has introduced a new whistleblowing regime …

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UAE: New classification of companies

The Immigration and Residency Offices of the various Emirates are now classifying employers on a three-point scale …

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UAE: Cabinet increases Emiratisation rate to 2% annually

The Emiratisation rate for high-skilled jobs in establishments that employ 50 workers or more is being increased to 2% annually, with the target of reaching 10% by 2026 …

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UAE: Cabinet approves executive regulations of federal decree-law on entry and residence of foreigners

Substantial changes to the visa system have been announced which are aimed at attracting and retaining global talent and skilled workers from all over the world …

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UAE: Central Bank approves creation of 5,000 jobs for Emiratis by 2026

The board of directors at the Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) has approved a new Emiratization plan for managerial positions in the banking and insurance sectors …

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UAE: MoU for mutual recognition of driving licences signed with Israel

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the mutual recognition and replacement of driving licenses issued by the UAE and Israel has been signed …

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UAE: Commute can now be considered as part of office hours

Under a new law, an employee’s office commute is counted as working time in certain circumstances …

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