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Increasing the number of UAE nationals in the private sector has long been a key objective for the government. In the past, the UAE government has launched a significant number of laws and initiatives to support the localisation of the workforce. The government has recently increased its efforts in this regard and introduced a suite of new laws, including an obligation to recruit Emirati employees at the rate of 2% per year, to drive forward…

In brief The long-awaited Decree-Law No. 33 of 2021 on Regulation of Labour Relations (the “New Labour Law”) is among a number of new legal developments introduced recently in the UAE. Over the course of the last few weeks we have also seen significant changes to the Data Protection and e-Transactions Laws, and of course, the change to the UAE weekend which has attracted significant attention worldwide. On Tuesday, 7 December 2021, the UAE Government…

In brief In a significant development, the National Council for Wages has finally set the long awaited salary thresholds applicable to the private sector: Minimum wage: EGP 2400 per monthMinimum annual salary increase: 3% per year These changes which are implemented by virtue of decree No. 57 of 2021 will apply as of 1 January 2022. What has changed? Effective January 2022: All companies must ensure that their employees receive no less than EGP 2,400…