Can you take ‘Emergency Leaves’ in UAE?

Emergency Leaves as per UAE Labour Law

Emergencies can come to anyone, anytime. Some loved one may fall sick or expire. In this case, you may have to go visit your loved ones without a formal request and approval from your company. I have had my friends take emergency leaves for various reasons. Most of their employers have agreed for this and have let them take leave. But there have been instances that the company has not allowed them to take leaves and instead asked to resign. I do not know the real reasons for this.

I have also heard in Emirates Diary ForumOpens in a new tab. of companies denying emergency leaves:

emergency leaves uae labour law

UAE Labour Law does not have any clauses that let employees take Emergency Leaves.

UAE Labour Law has various other type of Leaves like:

But there is no mention anywhere of emergency leaves. Approving Emergency Leaves is the prerogative of the company. Employees have no say here. But most of the companies do accept emergency leave application.

How to apply for Emergency Leaves?

If you are facing emergency situation in UAE or outside UAE, here is what you should do:

  • As soon as you have information on an emergency, contact your direct manager and inform him/her of the situation;
  • I don’t think you will need to send email or get confirmation from HR. If you do have time, please do so;
  • Once the Manager has agreed to your request, keep them informed of the situation on a day to day basis. This way, you have maintained a good relation ship and you have proof of your emails if there is a situation when you return;
  • Provide an estimate of number of days of leaves you will take. This need not be a precise number but approximate;
  • When you are back, make sure to fill up the annual leave application and submit.

Emergency leaves during probation period

In any case, during your probation periodOpens in a new tab., you are not eligible for any kind of leaves. So emergency leaves also are not permitted during probation period.

What if the company does not agree for Emergency Leaves?

In some cases, I have heard that some companies have rejected requests for annual leaves. The reason for this may be that, in the past some of other employees have cheated the company by taking emergency leaves, never to return. This would have caused distrust with the employer. Make sure that you have mentioned the true reason for emergency leaves. If the company still does not agree to your requests, I don’t think you have a choice here.

If you have maintained a good relationship with your company and officials, there is no reason for the company to decline your requests for emergency leaves.


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11 thoughts on “Can you take ‘Emergency Leaves’ in UAE?

  1. Dear sir
    , I work in a company (helper). My mother is very ill. The company is not giving emergency leave. Please help me. Please sir.

    1. Hi, Talk to HR, check company policy, use accrued time off, and look into labor laws.
      Wishing your mother a speedy recovery.

  2. I have been looking for this kind of information all over the internet. Thanks for being collaborative

  3. Dear Sir I am working in a company as security guard. I went for Emergency leave (15 days) because of my father was sick. Then he expired. I did overstayed almost 90 days. Now company said you will be terminate and company will not pay my geriutity. I am working from 10 years. Sir advise me what I have to do and I am eligible for my geriutity.

    1. Hi, did you inform your company about your extension of your leave? did the extended leaves are approve by your reporting manager?

  4. Leave without Pay and Absent. When the company endorse the leave without pay as Absent what difference it makes in end of service settlement.

  5. Hi. I have resigned from my previous company and got acknowledged by my immediate supervisor. My render period is over and clearance approved by all dept. But the owner wont sign and wants to talk to me. I dont know why but I think its unnecessary since I was able yo turnover everything plus he has 30days to do it but ignored. Does he has the right to this and give me a ban?

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