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Domestic workers aged over 60 can stay on and work in the UAE

Khalil Khouri, the Ministry's Under-Secretary for Domestic Workers' Affairs, said they must meet three conditions before employment contracts are renewed

Domestic workers aged over 60 can stay on and work in the UAE

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Domestic workers over the age of 60 will be allowed to have their employment contracts renewed as long as they meet three strict criteria.

The UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has revealed that they must be physically fit and produce a medical certificate from the relevant government authorities; their employers must foot the bill for any financial costs of their medical treatment in the UAE; and they must receive official approval from the required authorities to continue their residency visa in the country.

Khalil Khouri, the Ministry's Under-Secretary for Domestic Workers' Affairs, said: “This step stems from the Ministry's keenness to meet the needs of the employers and households wishing to keep their domestic helpers for longer periods and who are certain their performance is not affected by age.”

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has introduced Tadbeer service centres for handling all household and domestic workers in the UAE, which guarantees safety and security for those wanting to hire domestic workers.