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Introduction to UAE employment law (excluding DIFC)

Who should attend

This course is relevant to international HR managers and directors with responsibility for employees in the UAE. It will also be useful to managers and directors who anticipate entering the UAE market and who need to be aware of their responsibilities to their people.


There is a common misconception that employees in this region have few employment rights. While it is true that the potential cost exposures for employers are apparently less than, say Europe, there are business continuity consequences and reputational risks to consider.

Increasing numbers of HR professionals have responsibility for employees working in the Gulf and the United Arab Emirates in particular. This course provides a general overview of the federal employment law and administrative procedures in the UAE, excluding Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).


Summary of UAE labour law

  • employment contracts
  • key areas such as entitlement to end of service gratuity, holidays, sick leave, maternity rights, working hours and disciplinary action
  • recruitment, what to be aware of and recommended approaches
  • termination, pitfalls and risks

Visa and immigration issues

  • mainland and freezone: what does this distinction mean?
  • operating from the region without having a legal presence: ‘workarounds’?

The workforce

  • local recruits
  • international secondments
  • UAE national employees

Employment rights in the UAE

  • potential cost exposures for employers
  • employees rights
  • complaints to the Ministry of Labour
  • risks to employers

Cultural awareness

  • to what extent should employers be preparing their employees?
  • diversity, how does this operate in the UAE?
  • what is the level of risk and how can this be minimised?

Download the full Introduction to UAE employment law programme.

Employees and mental health training


Details of speakers can be found on the PDF.

Cost: £499

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Group discount:

10% discount for delegate 2 and subsequent delegates.

Online payment discount: 10%

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