UAE: The Impact of the Modern Slavery Act (2015) on UAE Entities
Slavery that had been effectively abolished or outlawed in the 19th century is still existent in many parts of the world in its modern form and continues to harm people in various countries around the world. There are estimated 40.3 million people in modern slavery which can take the form of forced labour, bonded labour, forced marriage or child slavery. Modern slavery in the Middle East has been brought to the public’s attention with the undergoing construction works in Qatar for the World Cup in 2022. However, there is no specific legislation dealing with the modern slavery in the GCC countries, nevertheless, the entities based in the GCC region can now be affected by the application of the United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery Act 2015. In this Legal Briefing, we will specifically analyse the effect of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 on the UAE entities.