Private Employers Cannot Sack Emiratis, Law Passed

The Ministry of Laboure has passed a regulation, virtually banning the termination of UAE nationals from private sector.

The sacking of Emiratis will be unlawful if:

– the worker has not violated the labour law.
– expatriates are doing the same job that the sacked Emirati used to do.

The company will have to notify the ministry 30 days in advance in case of terminating an Emirati.

After the notification, the ministry will enter into a discussion with the employer and employees and try to investigate the reasons behind the termination, and based on that the ministry will inform the company of the requirements within 15 days of the notification.


This regulation, more or less, put Emiratis above any accountability at the work place (as if they give a damn at this moment). It came in the wake of statement by Dubai Police chief, saying Dubai police will commercially boycott such companies.


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