November 19, 2021

New categories for leaves added - UAE Labour Law

The UAE Labour Law strives to provide the most effective and suitable legislations for everyone to abide by. Some additions have been issued and will take eventual practical implementation in February 2022.

The additions are as follows:


1. A worker shall be entitled to paid leave in the following cases:

a. Five days bereavement leave for death of the spouse, and three days bereavement leave for death of a parent, child, sibling, grandchild or grandparent, commencing from the date of death.

b. Paternal leave for five working days for the worker (father or mother) who had a child, in order to take care of his child. Such leave shall be taken successively or otherwise during the period of six months following the date of birth of the child.

c. Any other leaves specified by the Cabinet.

2. A worker affiliated with, or attending educational institution in the UAE may be granted a study leave for 10 working days per year in order to sit examinations, provided that he has completed at least two years of service with his Employer.

3. An Emirati worker shall be entitled to paid sabbatical leave for national or reserve service, pursuant to the legislation in force in the UAE.

4. A proof shall be submitted from the concerned entities for leaves referred to in this Article.

5. The Executive Regulations shall determine the provisions on the grant and regulation of leaves referred to in this Article.