UAE launches insurance policy for housemaids

Plan said to cover sponsor’s expenses if worker dies, absconds, fails medical test

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The UAE’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) and AXA Green Crescent, an insurance provider, on Tuesday announced the launch of a new insurance plan for domestic workers, with premiums starting at $27.25 (AED100) a year.

The new plan covers expenses of the sponsor in three cases, including where a domestic worker dies, absconds or has not cleared the mandatory medical test.

Gulf News quoted an Axa official saying they will take over the sponsor’s responsibility to finish necessary procedures and will pay $1362.40 (AED5,000) to the sponsor in the above three cases.

The move comes after the UAE President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, declared 2017 as the “Year of Giving.”

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