Hire employees in

the United Arab Emirates, hassle-free

Hire employees in the United Arab Emirates, hassle-free

With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in the United Arab Emirates. No more worrying about local laws, complex tax systems, or managing international payroll. Deel takes care of everything in 150+ countries.

The average onboarding time frame in the United Arab Emirates is 20 days with Deel.

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United Arab Emirates Dirham


Abu Dhabi

Official Language


Payroll Cycle


Hire employees in the United Arab Emirates. No entity needed.

Usually, to hire in the United Arab Emirates, your business needs an entity. That means a local office, an address registered as a subsidiary, and an account with a local bank. All of this, plus navigating regional benefits, payroll, tax, and HR laws, can take months.

the United Arab Emirates also treats contractors differently than full-time employees, so misclassifying a contractor could lead to fines. Deel lets you hire employees in the United Arab Emirates quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more.

All the necessary benefits for the United Arab Emirates
built right in

Deel allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in the United Arab Emirates within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard.

  • Gratuity Payment
  • Health Insurance
  • Private Health Insurance (ADNIC)

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Minimum Wage Requirements

In the UAE there is no minimum wage stipulated by law for expatriates.

Individual Income Tax

Employees pay no income tax. However, certain employees may be subject to social security contributions.

Employer Cost

For UAE nationals,

  • Social security contributions
    • 12.5% nationally
    • 15% Abu Dhabi
    • GCC nationals, social security ins determined by regulations in the home country

For expatriated in the UAE, the employer cost is dependent on visa requirements.

  • Medical Insurance - 0.00 (Paid a year in advance)
  • End of Service Benefit Accrual - This is not charged directly to the client but is a provision that they need to be aware of in the case of termination or end of year
  • Visa - one-off payment dependent on the employee's skill level

Overtime Pay & Maximum Hours

Standard working hours are 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week. The standard workweek is from Sunday to Thursday. During Ramadan work hours are reduced to 6 hours per day.

Overtime payment is not mandatory and may be included in the salary. Hours outside of standard work hours are considered overtime. Employees can not work more than a maximum of 2 hours of overtime per day or 144 hours in total over a 3 week period. For additional hours, employees are paid:

  • 125% of the hourly rate for general overtime
  • 150% of the hourly rate for work between 10 pm and 4 am
  • 150% of the hourly rate for work on rest days and weekends

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to 45 days of paid leave. The employee will receive 100% of the salary during this period, and the employer will be responsible for this pay.

Paternity Leave

There is no paternity leave currently required by law.

Parental Leave

In the UAE, no law covers parental leave. However, employees may be entitled to maternity leave and paternity leave.

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to paid sick leave for up to 90 days. The requirement to grant this leave is that the employee worked at least 3 months for the employer after the probation period has ended. This leave is paid at different rates and by the employer:

Period Pay Payer
0 - 15 days 100% of base salary Employer
15 - 45 days 50% Employer
45 - 90 days 0% N/A

Termination Requirements

Employers can unilaterally terminate contracts at any time as long as proper legal notice requirements and compensation are followed. Terminations without notice must be for cause.

Compliant terminations include:

  • Voluntarily by the employee
  • By mutual agreement
  • Unilaterally by the employer:
    • Without cause providing notice and required compensation
    • For cause without notice
      • Probation period
      • Objective grounds
      • Disciplinary dismissal
      • Performance due to unsuitability for the job
  • By the expiration of the contract

Notice Period

The minimum notice period is 1 month and the maximum is 3 months. The amount must be agreed upon between the employee and the employer.

Severance for Employees

In the UAE, all employees who are terminated, unless terminated under Article 120 of the Labor Law, are entitled to severance pay. Severance pay is 21 working days of salary for each of the first five years of services and an additional 30 working days per year of service over five years up to a maximum of 2 years based compensation.

Paid Time Off

Both full-time and part-time employees are entitled to 20 working days of paid time off (PTO) a year, this includes 14 days of public holidays. PTO accrues monthly at 2.5 days per month. Employees are eligible for full annual leave after 12 months of work. However, after 6 months, the employee is entitled to 2 days per month.

Public Holidays

The UAE celebrates 7 national holidays for a total of 14 days.

National public holidays include:

  1. Eid al-Fitr Holiday (5 days)
  2. Arafat Day
  3. Eid al-Adha (3 days)
  4. Islamic New Year
  5. Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
  6. Commemoration Day
  7. National Day (2 days)


Onboarding takes 20 business days, including the visa process.

Employment Contract Details

Contracts must be in English and can be bilingual. They must be in writing and signed by both parties.

A contract must include:

  • Name
  • Start date
  • Length of the employment
  • Job description
  • Termination conditions

All employees on a fixed-term contract must be employed on fixed-term employment contracts not exceeding three years, which may be extended for the same period. Employers will have 12 months from Feb. 2, 2022, to transition all their employees onto new contracts.

Probation Period

Probation periods are mandatory in the UAE. The maximum probation period is typically 3-6 months.

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Hiring in the United Arab Emirates, hassle-free

With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in the United Arab Emirates. No more worrying about local laws, complex tax systems, or managing
international payroll. Deel takes care of everything in 150+ countries.

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