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New UAE Labour Law

UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation - Announcement


Starting from February 2, 2022, Federal Decree-Law No. 33 of 2021 regarding the regulation of labour relations shall enter into force on all establishments, employers and workers in the private sector in the UAE, whereby Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 regarding the regulation of labour relations ends.

His Excellency Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratization, said that the new law strengthens the position of the UAE labour market as one of the most prominent and important global labour markets that offers flexibility, efficiency, ease of work and attraction of competencies, expertise and skills, while protecting and guaranteeing the rights of both parties to the employment relationship in a balanced manner.

He added that the new law provides employers and employees with several options to determine the form and model of the contractual employment relationship in accordance with the wishes of both parties, especially given the existence of 12 types of work permits and 6 types of work models under which contractual employment relationships are established.

His Excellency pointed out that the implementing regulations of the Decree-Law recently approved by the Council of Ministers set out the conditions and controls of work models and the obligations that arise for each employer and employee, depending on each type and in the interest of both sides.


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