What Does The New UAE Labour Law says about Working on Public Holidays?

The new labour law – Federal Decree-Law No. 33 of 2021 on the regulation of labour relations – has updated the regulations for the private sector in the UAE for employees working on Public Holidays.

The new UAE Labour Law – Federal Decree-Law No. 33 of 2021 – has come into effect from February 2, 2022, replacing the current Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 and its amendments

As per the Article 28 of the New Labour Law on Public Holidays and Worker’s Work during Holidays:

  1. The worker shall be entitled to official days off with full pay on public holidays, which are defined by a resolution of the Cabinet.
  2. If work conditions require that the worker works during any of the public holidays, the employer shall compensate him with another day o for each day, on which he works during the holiday, or pay him the wage for that day according to the wage established for the normal working days, plus an increase of not less than (50%) fifty percent of the basic wage for that day.


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