legal right in UAE
legal right in UAE

Ministerial Decision No. 279 of 2020 related to the stability of employment in private sector institutions during the application of precautionary measures to control the outbreak of the new Corona virus and the termination of the services of resident employees due to Covid 19.


The employer is obliged to pay the housing allowance and other allowances, except for the basic salary, until the country leaves the resident or until he finds a new job in the United Arab Emirates.

This is in accordance with Article 3 of Ministerial Resolution No. 279 of 2020, which stipulates the following:

“The institutions affected by the precautionary measures referred to, which have a surplus of non-citizen employees authorized to work, must register their data in a virtual labor market system to enable their rotation according to the needs of other institutions, provided that their obligations to these employees remain the same in terms of housing and meet all their entitlements (Excluding wages) until they leave the country or obtain a work permit for another institution. "

Moreover, the employer may not be in a position to deduct any of the end of service benefits if he has paid you the costs of stay and daily expenses in order to travel to India.

Therefore, the employer can be informed that residents are entitled to housing allowance and other forms of support until they leave the country or find a new job in the United Arab Emirates.

And if the employer does not agree, further advice can be sought from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and to file a complaint against the employer, if necessary.