Hire employees in United Arab Emirates No entity needed.
Usually, to hire in 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.
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 United Arab Emirates quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more.
All the necessary benefits for United Arab Emirates built right in
Deel allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in United Arab Emirates within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard.
- Health Insurance
- Payment of Gratuity Act
Currency: UAE dirham (AED)
Capital: Abu Dhabi
Official language: Arabic
Payroll Cycle: Monthly
Paid Time Off
No statutory requirement but standard is 30 days.
- New Year’s day
- 29 Ramadan to 3 Shawwal: Eid Al Fitr
- Good Friday
- Arafah Day
- Zul Hijjah: Eid Al Adha (3 days)
- Islamic New Year
- Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday
- Commemoration Day
- National Day
- National Day
There is not income tax.
In UAE, the employer fixed cost rate is AED 13,481
Probation period can last up to 6 months.
Minimum Wage Requirements
There is no minimum salary stipulated in the UAE Labour Law, however it broadly mentions that salaries must cover basic needs of the employees.
Maximum working hours and overtime
The maximum working time is 40 hours per week.
The normal working week is from Sunday to Thursday.
- Maternity leave: employees are entitled to 45 days of leave including the time before and after the child is born. This leave is fully paid by the employer.
- Paternity leave: there are no statutory requirements of granting paternity leave, but is best practice to grant 7 days of leave.
In UAE, employees are entitled to up to 90 days of sick leave per year. The requirement to grant this leave is that the employee worked at least 3 months for the employer after the probation period ended. Sick leave is fully paid by the employer, but the percentage that the employee will receive will vary with time.
Employee's income while taking sick leave:
- For the first 15 days of sick leave - 100% of their salary
- For the next 30 days of sick leave - 50% of their salary
- For the next 45 days of sick leave - the employee will not receive any payment from the employer.
Termination requirements for employees in
For fixed-term contracts either party can terminate the agreement with legal consequences of an early termination. For unlimited contracts, they can be terminated by mutually agreement, or when either party decides to terminate the contract with the corresponding notice period. In certain situations, an employer or an employee can terminate an employment contract without notice, however is recommended to avoid this stage.
The standard is one month.
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