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.