UAE: New Labour Law (Federal Decree-Law No. 33 of 2021)

20. December 2021  

On 16 November 2021, the United Arab Emirates published the new Labour Law, i.e., Federal Labour Law No. 33 of 2021 (“New Labour Law”) which repealed the Federal Labour Law No. 8 of 1980. The New Labour Law will come into force on 2 February 2022 and is expected to bring about significant changes to existing employment framework in the country. In this legal briefing, we provide an overview of the most notable changes introduced by the New Labour Law and their potential impact on the existing and future employment arrangements in the UAE.