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23 Nov 2021

Emaduddin Khalil, Gulf Today

UAE passes new law increasing maternity leave entitlement for private sector workers

"UAE labour law: 60-day maternity leave for women working in private sector"

...The decree-law, which will take effect from Feb.2, 2022 and replaces the previous decree, which had been in existence since 1980, will apply to all UAE private sector establishments and employees except domestic workers....

Under the new law, which will be effective from Feb.2, 2022, working women in the private sector will be entitled to a maternity leave of 45 days on full pay plus 15 more days at 50 per cent pay....

The new law also protects working women in the private sector from being sacked because they are pregnant.