United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

Global Employment Solutions & PEO in the UAE

Omnipresent makes it fast and easy to employ remote talent in the UAE. We take care of payroll, compliance, taxes, and admin so you can focus on growing your business.

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Abu Dhabi
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9.771 Million

What You Need to Know About Employing in the UAE

Don’t risk non-compliance with local employment, social insurance, and tax regulations.

How it works
Payroll & Taxes
Employer Costs
Working Hours
Holidays & Vacation
Types of Leave
Health & Benefits
Termination Laws
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How Do Omnipresent Global Employment Solutions Work?

Omnipresent provides global employment solutions and professional employment organisation (PEO) services for companies looking to grow and build out a global team in the UAE. Traditional methods of establishing global employment and subsidiaries in the UAE typically take months and can incur heavy costs. Omnipresent’s global employment solutions and PEO services is helping hundreds of organisations onboard new employees in the UAE in a matter of days with full compliance of local labour laws. We use a tech-forward approach to streamline the process. 

  • Your company conducts the hiring and candidate selection process in the UAE.
  • Omnipresent hires the selected candidate through our local professional employment organisation in the UAE.
  • We take care of ensuring your new employee is hired in compliance with local labour laws, payroll regulations, benefits and more -- all without needing to set up a subsidiary in the UAE.
  • The individual is legally contracted by Omnipresent but assigned to work for your company and reports to a manager or team in your organisation as your full-time employee.
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Payroll & Taxes in the UAE

Employee Income Taxes:

There is currently no personal income tax in the United Arab Emirates.

Payroll Cycle:


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Employer Costs in the UAE

Employer Contributions:

12.5% - Social Security (15% for Abu Dhabi)

Employee Contributions:

5% - Social Security

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Working Hours in the UAE

Typical Working Hours per Week:

The typical work week in the UAE consists of 40 hours per 5 day week or 48 hours in a  6 day week.

It’s important to note that typical working hours can vary by industry in some countries. Contact our team for the most up-to-date information!

Overtime Laws:

Overtime laws in the UAE are complex and can depend on the specific circumstances and the employee. We are happy to discuss in more detail for a specific context.

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Public Holidays & Vacation Time in the UAE

Standard Public Holidays in the UAE:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Prophet's Ascension
  • Eid al-Fitr Eve
  • Eid al-Fitr
  • Day of Arafat
  • Eid al-Adha
  • Islamic New Year
  • Prophet's Birthday
  • Commemoration Day
  • National Day

Vacation Time in the UAE:

Employees in the United Arab Emirates are entitled to an annual leave of:

  • Two working days per month if they have completed six months of service but less than a year.
  • 30 working days if they have completed at least one year of service.

Unused leave must either be carried forward or paid out.

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) employees are entitled to 20 working days of paid leave, and five working days can be carried forward from one holiday year to the next.

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Types of Leave in the UAE

Sick Leave:

Sick leave in the UAE is paid for up  to 90 days, at the following rates:  

  • First 15 days: full pay
  • Next 30 days: half pay
  • Remaining 45 days: no pay

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)

Employees are entitled to 60 days sick leave per year. If this threshold is passed, the employer may terminate the employment immediately by giving written notice to the employee.

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)

Employees with more than 1 month’s seniority are entitled to paid sick leave for a maximum of 60 working days in any 12 month period. 

Maternity Leave:

The UAE guarantees 45 days of maternity leave at full pay for employees with more than 1 years of service and additional 100 days of unpaid leave. Employees with less than 1 year of service are entitled to 45 days of maternity leave at half pay.

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) employees with more than 1 years of service are entitled to 33 days at full pay and 32 days at half pay for maternity leave. .

Paternity Leave:

Paternity leave in the UAE includes paid leave for up to 5 days.

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Health Insurance & Supplementary Benefits in the UAE

We believe that remote employees should be able to access their local, as well as a high standard international benefits anywhere they are. Details about international or country specific benefits packages can be provided on request. Please contact us for further details.

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Termination & Severance in the UAE

Termination with Cause:

There are a range of reasons that an employer can use to lawfully terminate an employment relationship in the UAE, which depend on the specific circumstances. If you would like to know more specific details, please contact us. 


The amount of severance pay is determined according to the employee’s length of service. If the reason for termination is not recognised as lawful, the employee may be entitled to additional compensation totaling to 3 months’ pay.

Notice of Termination:

No notice is required for termination during a probationary period. For dismissals (other than for cause) employers must provide a minimum of 30 days prior written notice. 

Under the DIFC employment law, notice periods depend on the employee’s length of service, and specifically:

  • 1-5 months of employment- 1 weeks’ notice
  • Up to 5 years or employment- 30 days’ notice
  • 5+ years of employment- 90 days’ notice

Under the ADGM employment law, the minimum notice period is:

  • 7 days, if the employee’s length of service is less than 3 months.
  • 30 days, if the employee’s length of service is 3 months or more.

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Grow your global team. 

Employ the best talent, anywhere in the world

The benefits of growing a global team and finding the best talent anywhere in the world are endless. It’s important to note that labour laws and regulations in the UAE are strict with penalties for non-compliance. Let our team take care of the details such as payroll, benefits, compliance, taxes, and admin so you can focus on growing your business. We are here to help you every step of the way.

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Omnipresent makes it easy to hire, pay, and support your international team. Book a call with us to start building your global team today.

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