A Comparison of Maternity Leaves in GCC Countries
23 February, 2021
The Gulf Cooperation’s Council (GCC) is a political and economic union of Arab states bordering the Arabian Gulf. It was established in 1981 and its 6 members are the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain.
Maternity Leaves in GCC Countries
Maternity leave is a leave of absence for an expectant or new mother for the birth and care of the baby.
GCC Countries’ seemingly generous maternity law protects and gives equal opportunities to a female worker in a private sector. All female workers have the privilege of getting paid maternity leaves if they are working in any of the GCC country.
If you are an expectant mom, you should know about your rights and legal entitlements in GCC Countries. Each GCC Law states that maternity leaves will be a paid leave for certain period and after exhaustion of paid maternity leaves if the female worker wants, she can apply for unpaid leave as well.
Here is the summary of paid maternity leave details in GCC countries:
Please see the summary of unpaid maternity leave policy after exhaustion of paid maternity leave
Please see the details of extra breaks eligible post-delivery
GCC countries are quite liberal when it comes to maternity leaves, which is an encouraging factor for women to continue their job even after having a baby. Apart from the leaves, the additional breaks are also a captivating feature.
For a comprehensive understanding of maternity leave policies in GCC countries, please refer to our articles relating to each country.
- UAE Leave policy
- KSA Leave policy
- Oman Leave policy
- Qatar Leave policy
- Bahrain Leave policy
- Kuwait Leave policy
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