UAE insurance protection extension system attracts GCC employees

In the UAE, the insured is expected to pay 5 per cent, public entities 15 per cent and private entities 12.5 per cent

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Published: Wed 22 Dec 2021, 4:50 PM

Last updated: Wed 22 Dec 2021, 4:59 PM

The UAE is one of the most attractive Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries for GCC citizens to work in, as per 2021 statistics announced by the General Pension and Social Security Authority (GPSSA).

They amount to 6,903 out of 19,808 GCC employees working outside their countries.

Hanan Al-Sahlawi, executive director of the Pensions Sector and chairman of the Technical Committee, representing the UAE in the meetings of the Permanent Technical Committee for Civil Retirement and Social Security Apparatus in the GCC countries, stressed that the insurance protection extension system offered to the GCC citizens has created further unity and employment transfer opportunities within their countries.

“Social, economic and political ties between the GCC countries have resulted in encouraging employees to easily transfer from one GCC country to the other, offering them the right to enjoy insurance protection as if they were working in their own home country," he said.

Al-Sahlawi explained that GPSSA plays the mediator role between the insured and their pension authority in their home country and that is to ensure that they are registered and to follow the contribution settlements and finally their end of service when applicable.

“I urge GCC citizens working in the region to make sure their employers register and pay contributions to the pension authority in the employees’ home country. It is extremely important that employers commit to paying contributions according to employees’ actual salaries to ensure that contributions and end of service benefits are made on time. The monthly contribution rates for insured individuals covered by the system differ in each country," he said.

In the UAE, the insured is expected to pay 5 per cent, public entities 15 per cent and private entities 12.5 per cent, and the rest of the 2.5 per cent covered by the government as a means of support and encouragement for Emirati employees working in the private sector.

Insured individuals in Kuwait who work in either public or private entities contribute 7.5 per cent, while the employer bears 11 per cent. In Saudi Arabia, the employer in the public and private sector bears 9 per cent, and the insured bears the same percentage. In Qatar, the insured bears 5 per cent and the employer 10 per cent.

In Oman, the insured in the public sector contributes 7 per cent, and the employer bears 15 per cent, while in the private sector, the insured contributes 7 per cent. In comparison, the employer pays 10.5 per cent of the value of these contributions. In Bahrain, the insured working in either the public or private sector bears 6 per cent and the employer in the public sector 15 per cent, while in the private sector employers pay 9 per cent.


Al-Sahlawi stressed the importance of the employer’s commitment to pay GCC citizens the end-of-service gratuity prior to applying the protection extension system during their duration of employment. It should not prejudice any other rights or benefits that are established under the regulations that the employers are bound by with their employees.

Any service period before the date of application of this system with the current employer may be merged with the employees’ previous service period under the conditions of accumulating the service periods in each country.

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