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UAE to enforce minimum wage law starting 2022


DUBAI – A new UAE labour law will impose minimum wage for private sector employees starting on February 2, 2022 in the first of its kind move for the country.

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued a decree on November 15 on a federal law to regulate labour relations in the private sector.

The Federal Decree Law of 2022 will set a minimum wage, to be determined and announced by the UAE Cabinet after a proposal by the Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

Once the minimum wage is determined by the UAE Cabinet, it will be binding on employers. The executive regulations of the law that will oversee its implementation are still underway.

Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said the new law aims to support the UAE’s efforts to create an adaptive labour market that attract global talent.

“The new law aims to support the UAE’s efforts in creating a flexible labour market that copes with the ever-changing modern world, safeguards employee rights, empowers women, and attracts talents and competencies from all over the world,” Al Anwar said.

He said that updates to the labour law were drafted in consultation with all relevant parties in the federal and local government and the private sector. ICA/Expat Media

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