Gibson Watts Global: PEO & EOR Services


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As a Global PEO & EOR service provider, we pride ourselves on our global reach, in-country knowledge, and ability to swiftly and efficiently mobilize workers around the world. Our robust PEO/EOR covers everything from global HR, payroll, compliance, in-country support, immigration, visas, and more.

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  • Before the discovery of oil in the mid-20th century, the UAE’s economy was primarily built around the fishing and pearl industries
  • Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, standing at an astonishing 2717 feet
  • The ‘Dubai Metro’ is the world’s longest driverless metro system in the world, and is valued at around $7.6bn

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Employment Information

The UAE is a tax-free nation. Employees can benefit from taking their salaries home without having to pay any income tax on their earnings, and there are no taxes for employers in the country. Employers must cover all visa-related expenses of their foreign workers, and they must pay for the medical insurance of each employee.

Despite these costs for employers, the country’s tax policy still makes it an extremely financially lucrative and beneficial venture for growing businesses.

  • Private sector employees are required to work 8 hours per day or 48 hours per week.
  • Public sector employees are required to work 7 hours per day. During the holy month of Ramadan, working hours are reduced by 2.
  • Article 65 of the UAE Labour Law identifies the normal working hours for the private sector as 8 hours per day or 48 hours per week.
  • The working hours may be increased to 9 hours a day for businesses, hotels and cafes after approval from MOHRE.
  • The Labour Law does not govern government entities and they operate for 7 hours daily.
  • Working for more than 7 hours a day is prohibited in arduous or unhealthy works and industries.
  • Normal working hours are reduced by two hours daily during the holy month of Ramadan.
  • An overtime is considered if the nature of job demands working beyond normal working hours and it will entitle the employee for a pay equal to normal working hours’ remuneration plus 25 per cent of that pay. It could increase to 50 per cent if overtime is done between 9 pm and 4 am.

Employee Leave

Employees are entitled to an annual leave of:

  • 2 days per month, if they have completed six months of service, but not one year
  • 30 days, if they have completed one year of service.

Friday is officially the weekend for all workers, except for daily wage workers. If circumstances require an employee to work overtime on that day, they will be entitled for regular working hours’ pay, plus an increase of not less than 50 per cent of that amount.

If an employee is required to work during holidays or leaves, they will be granted another rest day as well as an increase of 50 per cent on his basic wage for that day. If they could not be granted another day off, they are entitled to receive an additional 150 per cent on his basic wage for that day according to Article 81 of the Labour Law.

Sick Leave

An employee is entitled to a sick leave of not more than 90 days per year, only after a period of three months’ continuous service following the probation period.

The 90 days sick leave can be continuous or intermittent, and the salary is paid as follows:

  • full pay for the first 15 days
  • half pay for the next 30 days
  • no pay for the rest 45 days.

Cultural Information

The UAE’s populace includes a range of religions including Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity, with Islam being the most common religious group. The country also speaks a variety of languages including Arabic, English and Hindi. Arabic is the native language of the UAE, however English in the most commonly spoken.

Employees in the UAE will benefit from Muslim Holidays including Eid and Ramadan, getting to enjoy public holidays around the celebrations.

Impacts from COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a massive shift in remote workers coming to the UAE. There has been a steady incline of people, particularly in the Technology and Finance sector, who have shown interest to work in Dubai remotely for their international companies, and an Employer of Record or UAE PEO model is best suited for them.

Since the pandemic, a lot of UAE companies have altered their business plans to go fully remote and have seen no effect to business operations. The UAE is now the leading country in the Middle East for remote workers.

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