United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country in the Middle East region bordered by Oman and Saudi Arabia. Dubai is the country’s most populous city and is considered a major international hub. Ever since oil was discovered in the area in 1958, the country has had rapid growth in infrastructure, healthcare, and technology, and a tourism industry that sees over 20 million tourists visiting Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Pregnant employees are entitled to 45 days of paid maternity leave, paid at 100% of the regular salary. There is no statutory paternity leave, but private-sector employees are entitled to 5 days of leave before the child reaches 6 months old.
Employees who have completed 3 months of work at their company are entitled to 90 days of paid sick leave per year. The first 15 days are paid at 100% of the salary by the employer, days 16-45 are paid at 50%, and the last 45 days are unpaid.
There are 15 public holidays in UAE, and employees are entitled to at least 30 days of paid time off each year after finishing 1 year of employment. Employees can also take leave for study or bereavement.
There is no mandatory minimum wage in UAE, but the average is around AED 5,000 per month. The standard workweek is 40 hours at 8 hours per day from Sunday to Thursday. Work hours are reduced to 6 hours per day during Ramadan.
Overtime compensation is not mandatory and may be included in the employee’s salary. Otherwise, overtime work is normally paid between 125%-150% of the salary.
Terminations in UAE have to be done with cause and need written notice provided to the employee and relevant governmental authorities.
A minimum of 30 days of notice is required for terminations.
Severance pay is mandatory if applicable, and the amount is determined by the length of service at the company (with a max of 2 years of pay):
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