The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a large workforce for foreign companies to tap into. As a new subsidiary, you will need to find top talent to fill your open positions while following United Arab Emirates employment compliance laws. Globalization Partners can help with our Employer of Record platform. We will hire employees and assign them to work for you, then add them to our locally compliant payroll while ensuring we meet all of the UAE’s labor laws.
How to Hire Employees in the United Arab Emirates
The UAE requires employers to submit an employment contract before turning in an application for visa sponsorship. The contract is a simple template in Arabic, but we recommend you add other terms such as benefits, compensation, and termination requirements. A strong employment contract written in both English and Arabic can help ensure both you and the employee agree to specific terms and protect your subsidiary in the event of a termination.
United Arab Emirates employment compliance can prove tricky. Historically, companies must establish a branch office or a subsidiary in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, or a Free Trade Zone to sponsor work permits and hire employees. However, those Free Trade Zones do not allow access to the larger UAE market. Instead, they act like contained airport hangars or malls of office spaces where companies can work.
If you choose to work with a global PEO for hiring outsourcing services, you must make sure they have a manpower license, which is required to provide Employer of Record services. Globalization Partners operates a fully registered local company with a family as its sponsor to hire employees on your behalf.
United Arab Emirates Employment Compliance
Make sure you — or your PEO — have the appropriate visas and work permits for your employees. If an employee lives and works in the UAE without a visa, they will be asked to leave the country. This matter of compliance could lead to both your company and the employee in question to become blacklisted from working in the UAE.
Once you hire United Arab Emirates employees, you will still need to ensure their compliance throughout their employment term. Employees usually work Sunday through Thursday and have a mandated day off on Friday. The typical work hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., but private companies can vary those hours and remain compliant. During Ramadan, the UAE’s local laws stipulate reduced working hours by two hours each day.
How to Onboard Employees
Onboarding employees is a process that differs for every company. You can choose what onboarding procedures are best for your employees, but we recommend going over the employment contract with new workers during their first day or first week. In advance, put together any training or documents employees will need to succeed in their new roles.
Benefits of United Arab Emirates Hiring Outsourcing
Before you can hire employees, you will either have to set up a subsidiary or work with a global PEO. By choosing United Arab Emirates hiring outsourcing services with Globalization Partners, we can help you start working faster. While setting up a subsidiary on your own could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, Globalization Partners hires employees to work for you in a few days.
Why Work With Globalization Partners?
Globalization Partners can hire United Arab Emirates employees who will grow your company and help you succeed. Contact us today to learn more.