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Women on family sponsorship in UAE can work - paper

Female expats under sponsorship of mothers, brothers can work in UAE now.

Women on family sponsorship in UAE can work - paper
NEW RULE: Rule will be applicable for any female who have a valid residency in the country. (Getty Images)

Female expatriates who are under the sponsorship of their mothers, brothers, uncles or other family members can now work in the UAE, according to a new labour ministry rule.The Gulf News daily said that earlier only female expats under the sponsorship of their father or husband were allowed to work in the UAE. Under the labour law no expatriate are allowed to work in the country unless they obtain a work permit and labour card.

Humaid Bin Deemas, acting director general at the ministry, told Gulf News, that with the new decision, females who are under the sponsorship of family members such as the mother, brother or uncles can work in the country after acquiring a labour card.

“The aim of the new rule which give an opportunity for this category of people to work in the country which will increase the productivity of the local workforce and thus to lessen our dependency on foreign recruitment,” said Bin Deemas.

“The rule will be applicable for any female who have a valid residency in the country regardless of the kin relationship of her sponsor. I have personally come across cases who are under the sponsorship of her brother or uncle why should they be prohibited from working in the country.”

Bin Deemas said that earlier, some cases in this category used to gain exemption from the ministry, but with the implementation of the new rule this is no longer necessary, Gulf News added.

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Ron Bagnulo 11 years ago

In light of the article, what are the rights of non-national men married to Emirati women? When I last checked... it was forbidden for foreign men married to national women to freely work under their wife's sponsorship; and can only work if employed by another company and holding that firms Labour Card. It's a quere practice that non-national men married to Emirati women are barred from freely seeking employment under their own spouces sponsorship. Afterall, these men are responsible for supporting Emirati wives, Emirati children and extended Emirati family. Is the Labour Ministry doing anything in this regard?

Saleh Hamada 11 years ago

I think it's a good move taken by the goverment. However, why can't that apply for Male also?