Covid: UAE ministry suspends hourly maid services

The domestic helpers will undergo PCR tests before being deployed; new Covid safety rules announced.


By Web Report

Published: Tue 16 Mar 2021, 1:13 PM

Last updated: Tue 16 Mar 2021, 2:10 PM

The UAE residents will not be able to hire domestic workers for a few hours or days from Tadbeer centres.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) has suspended the short-term recruitment as a precautionary measure against the spread of Covid-19.

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Workers can now be hired for a minimum period of seven days. They are not allowed to be replaced or transferred during this period, the MOHRE said.

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Moreover, workers will undergo a Covid PCR test before they are deployed.

It was earlier announced that UAE residents can hire domestic helpers only from Tadbeer centres from March. This was to happen as the government completes shutting down all private recruiting agencies for housemaids.

Tadbeer centres, whose services are regulated by the MOHRE, have replaced the agencies for recruiting domestic helpers.

Tadbeer recruitment centres were set up by the ministry three years ago and there are now 54 across the UAE.

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