Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MOHRE) has announced the introduction of Federal Decree-Law No. 33 of 2021 which will regulate labor relations and employment practices in UAE. The New UAE Labor Law has come into effect from February 2, 2022 and it will replace the Current UAE Labor Law entirely. A new leave type with the name Sabbatical Leave was added as per the new law.
A sabbatical Leave is a full break during which employees are not expected to report to their employers or perform their normal job duties at all. However, the employee is still employed by the company. In UAE, the national worker shall be entitled to a sabbatical paid leave to perform the national service, in accordance with the legislation in force in the state.
What is a sabbatical leave?
sabbatical leave is a paid leave a national employee can avail when performing national service for the country.
who is eligible for sabbatical leave?
Only UAE national employees can avail this leave.
How long can the employee be in sabbatical leave?
The number of days the national employee can use is in accordance with the legislation in force in the state.
Does Expat staffs are eligible for Sabbatical leave?
No, Only UAE nationals are eligible for Sabbatical leave.
Please see the below extract of Article 32, 3
The national worker shall be entitled to a sabbatical paid leave to perform the national service, in accordance with the legislation in force in the State.
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