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Leaves As Per UAE Law

Leaves As Per UAE Law


Employees are entitled to paid official holidays such as

  • Hijri new year’s day- one day
  • New year day- one day
  • Eid ul Fitr- two days
  • Eid ul Adha- three days
  • Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday- one day
  • Isra and Al Miraj- one day
  • National day- one day

And employees who have completed one full year receive 30days paid leave per year. Employers must approve the dates of annual leaves.
If the employee is injured or sick, this ailment shall be reported to an employer within maximum 2 days.

The workers shall be entitled to annual leaves every year of no less than the following periods
1. Two days each month if the period of service of worker is of six months at least and a year at most
2. Thirty days of each year if the period of service of the worker exceeds one year.
If the service of the employee is terminated then he is entitled to annual leaves for fraction of last year

The date of commencement of annual leave may be determined by the employer and he may divide it if necessary to two or more periods. However, his shall not be applicable to the provision of youth.

In accordance with amendment by Federal Law no.12 (29/10/1986)
If illness leaves are within the period of the holidays set by law or by agreement or any other leaves then such holiday shall be included in the annual leave and is considered part of it.

As per amendments made by Federal Law no.12 (29/10/1986)
The worker shall be entitled to basic wage and housing allowance if for the days of annual leave.
If the circumstances require that the worker should work during the period of annual leaves or part thereof, and if the workers work is not carried forward to the next year, the employer must pay the worker the wage thereof, in addition, to leave allowance for the days of work equivalent to the basic wage.
In all cases, the worker shall not be required to work during annual leaves for more than once within two consecutive years.

If the worker is to be dismissed or he leaves the work with after he duly determines his notice that he is entitled to receive any sum of accrued annual leave days. It shall be calculated on the basis of wages paid to the worker at the time of such leaves.

The employer must pay to the employee the entire wage due thereto in addition to leave pay determined by virtue of provisions, prior to the annual leave.

A complete or partial payment is made to the employee if the worker works during the holidays o leaves as the circumstances may be, he shall be granted a substitute leave as well as an increase in wage amounting to 50 percent thereof. If no substitute leave is granted to the worker than he shall be paid an additional sum of basic salary that shall be 150 percent thereof depending on the days of work.

If the worker sustains illness or injury which is not caused by any occupational hazard than he shall notify this to an employer within the period of two days maximum.
An official medical certificate must be submitted to employer in the absence of employee as a
Proof of illness.

The worker shall not be entitled to any paid sick leave during the period of probation.
After the probation period of more than three months the employee receives 90 days of continuous leaves as follows (As amended by Federal Law no.12 on 29/10/1986):

  • First 15 days with full pay
  • Next 30 days with the half pay
  • No pay for other 60days

The worker shall not be entitled to wage during sick leave if the cause of illness was caused by any misconduct such as drug consumption, narcotics or drinking.


The employer may terminate the service of workers who fail to report back to his work subsequent to exhaustion after sick leaves as per articles 82, 83 and 84. In such cases, however, the worker shall be entitled to the gratuity at the end of service in accordance with the provisions.

If the worker resigns from service due to reason of illness before the expiry of first for five days of sick leaves, and the physician employed by employer or the government physician gives his consent to the cause of resignation in this case, then the worker resigning is entitled to the payment of wage due to him with regards to remainder of first forty-five days specified hereinabove.

Additionally, employees shall be granted for an entire duration of his employment and special leave for performing hajj, without pay not exceeding 30 days.

With respect to amendments made by Federal Law no.12 dated (29/10/1986).
The employer may terminate the employee without any notice and deprive him of his wage during the period of sick leave if the employee is found guilty of working with any other organization during the leave period.

If the worker does not report back directly to his job at the end of his leave shall be deprived of his wage for the period of his absence as of the day that follows the end of leave is subject to the provisions set forth herein.

Without undermining the cases in which employees are terminated without prior notice or gratuity, the employer is not entitled to dismiss the worker or give him a notice thereof while the worker is on leaves set forth in law