Dubai to hand malls free work permits over Eid

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Shopping malls in Dubai will be provided with free work permits over Eid Al-Adha in order to allow them to recruit more temporary staff.

Shopping malls in Dubai will be provided with free work permits over Eid Al-Adha in order to allow them to recruit more temporary staff.

Shopping malls in Dubai will be provided with free additional work permits over Eid Al-Adha to allow them to recruit more temporary staff to cope with demand during the typically busy holiday period, it was announced on Wednesday.

In a statement issued via state news agency WAM, Minister of Labour Saqr Ghobash said his department had issued a decree that would let retail outlets in the emirate take on additional workers for one month.

Retailers in Dubai are anticipating bumper trade over Eid, which starts on 25 October, when shopping malls will stay open 24 hours a day. Dubai Mall, the largest of its kind in the world, says it will open round the clock for three consecutive weekends between 18 October and 4 November.

Labour Minister Ghobash said that all workers holding a valid labour card would be eligible to apply for temporary employment via the scheme.

Earlier on Wednesday, the UAE’s Ministry of Labour announced that next week’s Eid Al-Adha break will run from Thursday 25 October to Saturday 27 October for private sector workers.

All private sector employees will be given paid holiday during these dates. Work will resume on Sunday 28 October.

The break for public sector staff in the Gulf state will start on Thursday 25 October (Arafat Waqfa Day) and officially end on Sunday 28 October, with Monday 29 October being the first day back at work.

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Posted by: pooremployee

.... As stated in this news

Earlier on Wednesday, the UAE?s Ministry of Labour announced that next week?s Eid Al-Adha break will run from Thursday 25 October to Saturday 27 October for private sector workers.

All private sector employees will be given paid holiday during these dates. Work will resume on Sunday 28 October.

But our company plans to deduct 1 day for the Saturday October 27 that we did not come to work. what we should do? We are in Freezone company

Posted by: PPM

Why would they not assume the workforce could cope as is? It's Dubai, after all. Plenty of hotels and small businesses in the down-town districts work their staff 7 days a week and 10 to 12 hrs per day without fear of laws that can, it seems, only sanction but not punish them and none of the employees can, anyway, afford to do anything about it as their employers have (illegally) retained their passports and they dont have the Dhs 5000 the employers typically (& illegally) demand in return for handing it over post court case.

Posted by: Hisham

Perhaps you have yet to see where some people come from, where they have to squat down and break up entire ships with nuclear material and materials that cause all types of cancer in them. Or how the same people live in a landfill and have to literally eat whatever comes onto the landfill. The country takes care of it's own, better than any citizen can expect from their country. All the others are guests who are generally treated a hell of a lot better than where they are from. Usually the people taking advantage of them are their own people, contrary to common belief. Don't be so quick to judge and conveniently wipe everything that doesn't fit your story off the table.

Posted by: PPM

Thanks Grant but, last time I read them and - as much as anyone can I do try to make sense of the morass of, frequently conflicting MOL / FZE laws and regulations here - the exemptions were only for managers and supervisory workers (apart from the agricultural&domestic people who don't have any protection at all).
Hard to see how all the lowest level of employees in a hotel or similar can be classed as exempt, made to work more than 10 hrs per day, 7 days a week for 6 months straight, have salary deducted for taking just one day sick etc..... or are you running a hotel and can enlighten me. Cheers ^^

Posted by: Grant Holt

PPM you need to read the MOL laws on the working week. Certain occupations are exempt from the 48 hour max working week.

However, they have left it a bit late in the week to suddenly find all this additional manpower in the country, without current VISAs, and train them ready for the forthcoming EID holidays!

Posted by: realiste

not sure I understand this.

Since the announcement was made with the usual hoopla that malls would be a 24 hour operation, nobody has thought of the resources needed to run it?

So if this permit was not given, did they expect the same staff to work 24 hours in straight shifts?

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