How to Hire Employees in United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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The UAE offers businesses a powerful enabling environment: stable political and macroeconomic conditions, a future-oriented government, good general infrastructure, and ICT infrastructure. Moreover, the country has made continuous and convincing improvements to its regulatory environment and is usually a top country for doing business.

From the 2018 Arab Youth Survey the UAE emerges as the top Arab country in areas like living, safety and security, economic opportunities, and starting a business, and as an example for other states to emulate.

For those who want to expand their business to Western Asia, hiring employees in UAE might be your first choice to test and start with fewer risks, but what are some must-knows to avoid risk and to reduce cost?


Requirements to hire employees in the UAE

After setting up your business and acquiring your license, you need to sponsor your employees. According to Article 13 of the UAE Labour Law, companies cannot employ non-nationals without taking prior consent of the Department of Labour and obtaining a work permit.

When giving a work permit, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation considers the following:

  • The worker must possess the professional competence or academic qualifications needed in the country.
  • The worker has lawfully entered the country and satisfied the conditions of residency in the UAE.
  • The Department of Labour may not consent to the employment of non-nationals unless it examines its records and ensures that there are no nationals registered in the employment section, capable of performing the required job.

Overview of hiring options in the UAE

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