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New Abu Dhabi housing rules for gov’t workers


ABU DHABI – The Department of Government Support has issued new housing policies for Abu Dhabi government employees, including allowances and terms and conditions.

The new rules apply to all Emirati and expatriate employees who work in Abu Dhabi government entities and companies.

Under the new rules, Emirati employees who live in Abu Dhabi are entitled to their full housing allowance in line with their job grade.

Expatriate employees who own a residential property in Abu Dhabi will, for the first time, receive the same annual housing stipend they would have been entitled to if they were renting.

Expat employees renting a property in Abu Dhabi will be entitled to an annual housing rent stipend in line with their job grade, paid directly to the landlord.

The policies also state the education allowance for eligible employees, as per their employing entity’s HR policies, will be paid for children who attend schools within the emirate.

The policies have been developed by the Human Resources Authority based on benchmarks and studies it has conducted.

Employees have one year from the date of issuing the policy to ensure their status meets the policy requirements. ICA/Expat Media

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