You Are Required to be Paid Overtime, 8-hour shifts and Annual Leave in UAE

Change in the overtime policy, shifting hours and Annual Leave are now implemented by the UAE Labour Office.

In UAE, there is a 4-hour work week with one day of rest for every 6 days worked. Employers who are caught forcing their employees to work more than the stipulated hours would be violating the country’s labour rules according to an official of the Labour Ministry.

Dubai’s Director of the Ministry of Labour Relations Mohammed Mubarak issued a statement that employers may request employees to work for nine hours every day. But, they should deduct an extra hour from their working hours on another week’s working day.

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15 Facts About Jawazat Fees, That Must Be Paid By a Saudi Expat

Jawazat is one of the most important immigration offices in Saudi Arabia. National documents such as the iqama and others are applied for and obtained in these offices. Charges are associated with any of the services they offer, where expats are not sure of the exact charges for specific services. Some people complain of those charges since they perceive those charges as free. Consequently, questions are raised on the credibility of paying for such services.

The following are some of the charges you are supposed to incur to be served in any Jawazat office for any of the services they offer.

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3 Major Changes in UAE Labor Law That You Must Know in 2016

UAE Labor Law: Three new laws will cover the application process of the contracts approved by the Ministry, the conditions for employee termination and the new labor permits covering new employers.

New laws implemented by Dubai’s Ministry of Labour aims to create a stronger employee employer relationship and to improve the country’s labour market through greater transparency and allowing more room for worker mobility within the region.

Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash unveiled these rules which are founded on the labour policy initiative’s decisions in 2011 with regard to the labour mobility.

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9 Skills That Can Make You Marketable in UAE and to the World!

What are the skills that UAE employers are looking for? You can go through this guide to learn more.

Based on the information gathered from the region’s largest career portal, we already know what UAE employers are interested in when they are interested in hiring new people.

Bayt.com’s VP for Employer Solutions Suhail Masri said that with new projects such as smart cities, make hiring prospects better. The data below is based on the Middle East Job Index Survey 2016 of Bayt.com and it also takes site statistics into consideration to know how things look from an employer’s perspective.

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How to Pay Iqama or Muqeem Transfer Fee Online?

According to the Saudi Arabian Labor Law it is clearly stated that the responsibility of paying the fee of transfer of sponsorship lies with the new sponsors. Now, the unanswered question that rings in the mind of most expatriates is, how much is the fee for transfer of sponsorship? The precise answers to this question have been summarized in the table below.

Fee for Iqama Transfer Amount (SR)
Fee for First Iqama Transfer SR 2,000
Fee for Second Iqama Transfer SR 4,000
Fee for Third Iqama Transfer and Onwards SR 6,000

However using the Internet Banking in Saudi Arabia I am going to take you through the steps you will have to pass through in order to pay Transfer of Sponsorship. This procedure is more or less similar to that of other companies.

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Sample Demand Letter for Transfer of Sponsorship

The procedure to transfer sponsorship in Saudi Arabia has already been covered in detail here. Within the boundaries of transfer of sponsorship we are going to base on the demand letter in this article.

The demand letter is a legal writing that your new employer will have to write to your current sponsor requesting the transfer of sponsorship as part of the earlier procedure. A sample of the demand letter is provided below just in case you are not familiar with this letter.

Moreover, it is mandatory that the letter be signed by the new company and the person whose signature is acceptable by the Chamber of Commerce.

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The Truth About Transferring Sponsorship During or After Probation Period, Revealed!

The law provide that an employee be in probation for three months before releasing him or her from the company. On many occasions an employee may need to issue a notice of contract termination, this depending on terms of contract. A fixed contract cannot be terminated unless a mutual agreement is reached by the two parties. Or the employer will have to pay the employee all the salary for the remaining period of time or at least salary for two months, depending on condition of termination.

According to: Article 75 of the Saudi Labor Laws (01/01/1437), In case of an undefined contract the employee is advised to issue a 60 or 30 days’ notice that should be effected in 30 days.

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How to Change the Iqama Photo?

How do you change the Iqama photo? Well, once you have passed the immigration desk in any of immigration department in Saudi Arabia, a photo of you has to be captured, this photo is used in your Iqama, driving license and some many legal document specific to its use. This is also used to confirm one’s identity and originality, changing this photo is one of the services government offices such as Jawazat offers.

For various reasons you may be required to change the picture on the Iqama, this may include facial changes such as development of beards, unappealing picture and many other. In a case of changing your photo you will have to follow the following procedure. The Jawazat offices are the most reliable government facility to acquire your desired Iqama photo.

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30 Iqama Professions That Are Restricted to Saudi Expats in 2016

The most important thing in life is to life is to live happily with a job that can put bread on your table and provide the basic need for the survival of you and your family. The same applies for the expatriates living in Saudi Arabia.

It is apparent that it is virtually impossible to get into Saudi Arabia with your family without having a suitable job or enough income on neither Family Visit Visa nor the Permanent Visa. Although,  it is possible to change the profession on your Iqama if it is not suitable, in order to bring them in the country.

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How to Replace a Lost Iqama…and Its Surprising Penalties?

Iqama is the most essential document for you as an expatriate in Saudi Arabia. The consequences that you could be prone to in case you are caught without your Iqama would be a jail term, a fine or even worse of deportation.

It is a must by the Law that you should carry your original Iqama wherever you go to while you reside here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In case you would like to have a look at whatever you would be facing as penalty and fines due to traveling minus your Iqama then read further:

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