Maternity and paternity leaves in UAE: All you need to know

Sahim Salim /Dubai
Filed on September 1, 2020 | Last updated on September 1, 2020 at 06.46 am
Maternity leave, paternity leave, UAE, All you need to know,

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Male staff of private firms can avail of the leave within six months of the child's birth.

Males working in the UAE's private sector can avail of a five-day paid paternity leave to take care of their newborns, it was announced on Sunday. The President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has approved a decree to this effect, making the UAE the first Arab country to grant private sector employees paternity leave.

Here is all you need to know about maternity and paternity leaves currently in force across the UAE.

According to the latest decree, when can private sector workers avail of the paternity leave?

Male staff of private firms can avail of the leave within six months of the child's birth.

Are male government employees entitled to paternity leave?

Currently, government employees are granted a three-day paternity leave. It's not immediately clear if the latest decree increases their paternity leave days.

How many days of maternity leave are granted to women working in the private sector?

Female employees of the private sector get a 45-day maternity leave. After delivery, they are entitled to two 30-minute additional breaks daily for nursing their newborns. They are entitled to such breaks for 18 months following the date of delivery.

What is the maternity leave policy for government staff?

According to the official UAE government website, women working in the federal government are entitled to 90 days of maternity leave. At the end of this period, they can take two hours off work to nurse their newborns. Abu Dhabi government employees get a similar maternity leave.

Dubai and Sharjah government employees get 90 days of maternity leave, with the option to add 30 days of unpaid leave to it. 

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