UAE End of Service Pension Scheme

UAE End of Service Pension Scheme

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End of Service payments for UAE employees can soon be subject to a different scheme.  Or rather an alternative scheme.

In fact, that is exactly how it is called – an Alternative End of Service Scheme.

In brief, as per this new Scheme, Employers or Companies will soon have the option to deposit, on a monthly basis, employees’ statutory End of Service payments into a specialized Investment Fund. 

At a high level, for employees who have been with the company for up to 5 years, the company will contribute 5.83% of the employee’s monthly basis salary, into the Fund.

For the employees with the tenure of more than 5 years, the percentage will be 8.33% of their monthly basic salary.  

Notably, these percentages match the current 21 days or 30 days of basic salary, for every year of service, under the traditional End of Service Scheme.  

Importantly, these contributions are to be paid by the company, and not to be deducted from employee’s salaries.

This is called the Mandatory Contribution, under this new Alternative End of Service Scheme.

And this new Scheme has been introduced recently, by virtue of the UAE Cabinet Decision No. 96 of 2023, re: the Optional Alternative Scheme for the End of Service System. Which came into effect in October 2023.

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E-Gate with Children

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E-Gate with Children

e-Gate with Children

The use of E-gates, or, otherwise known as, smart gates, at the Dubai airport, are now also available for children. And not only children over the age of 15, as was previously the case. But also children who are at least 1.2 meters in height. 

In other words, the taller the child, the sooner they can wiz through the airport immigration, with their own e-gate access. Registration of e-gate for children is done at the airport. Which is a fairly streamlined and efficient process.

During which, the immigration authorities confirm the child’s height and take photos. This e-gate registration process for children is free. 

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Birth Certificates for Unknown Fathers in Dubai

Birth Certificates for Unknown Fathers in Dubai

Birth Certificates in Dubai for Unknown Fathers

Babies, who are born to unknown fathers, in Dubai, may be given a name chosen by the Court. And not the name, chosen by the mother, and indicated in the Birth Notification, which is issued at the hospital.

The practice of the Court naming the child is based on the Dubai Personal Status Guide. In brief, this Guide requires that mothers, who give births in Dubai to babies with unknown fathers, to submit a request to the court to name the baby.

The Court then issues a document called, Ish’haad (aka Certification), which, among other thing, states the Baby’s name, as chosen by the Court. This Dubai Court’s practice is based on the: 1) Dubai Courts Personal Status Guide and Article 63, in particular; as well as 2) Decision No. 3 of 2021, Adopting and codifying this Personal Status Guide for the Dubai Courts.

Notably, this Dubai law differs from the UAE Federal Laws, on the same subject of Birth Certificate issuance in the UAE. At a federal level, it is the U.A.E. Federal Decree Law No. 10 of 2022 regulating Registrations of Births and Deaths, which came into effect October 15, 2022. 

This law, in short, provides a more streamlined approach to the issuance of birth certificates.  And gives the mother the option to name the baby, even in cases of unknown fathers. It may be that Dubai will ultimately adopt and implement the UAE Federal Law on this subject.

But for the time being, those who are considering giving births in Dubai, with an unknown father, would benefit from understanding the Dubai requirements closely and managing their expectations accordingly.  

 

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UAE Banking Fraud Alert

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UAE Banking Fraud Alert

UAE Banking Fraud Alert

Fraud alert from banks in the U.A.E.!!! The warnings are issued as a result of recent flurry of incidents of payment fraud.

The latest scams relate to alleged change of payment details of customers’ creditors, through email re-direct.  According to the U.A.E. banks, this is how payment fraud works.

    • Fraudsters hack or spoof email accounts, belonging customers’ creditors.
    • Then, they send customers an email, appearing to come from their creditor: 1) advising that creditor’s banking details have changed and 2) asking customers to pay an outstanding debt to a new account number.

The fraud is usually discovered much later, when creditors question non-payment.

Banks warn that, because of the time that normally passes between 1) payment and 2) discovery of fraud, recovery of funds is almost impossible, as the amount had long since been withdrawn by the fraudsters. Therefore, banks urge customers to be vigilant and always verify any alleged change of bank details of their creditors, by calling creditors directly, to confirm the change.

Furthermore, customers should always use an existing contact number for their creditors and never use any contact numbers or email addresses mentioned in the email.

So, to avoid falling victim to scams, please always beware of any requests to send money to new bank accounts. 

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Vaping in the UAE

VAPING IN UAE

Vaping in UAE

Vaping in the UAE is treated, more or less, the same way, as smoking, be it e-cigarettes or regular cigarettes.   

As such, vaping is subject to the same laws, which are:

    • The UAE Tobacco Law, No. 15 of 2009 (On Tobacco Prevention).
    • As well as the Cabinet Decision No. 24 of 2013, which are the Executive Regulations to the main law.

 

In relevant parts, vaping is strictly regulated and is subject to a number of limitations.

For example, the legal age for vaping is 18. Vaping indoors is not allowed. And neither is advertising of vaping or its products. 

Furthermore, the are specific places where vaping is not allowed, such as: 1) schools or educational institutions, 2) places of worship, 3) health facilities, 4) sports establishments, 5) public transport, 6) malls and shopping centers (except is the designated places), and 7) cinemas, places of entertainment, and theatres. (Article 11 – Regulations).

Notably, also, as per the laws, vaping is prohibited in the car, in a presence of a child younger than 18 years old.  

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UAE Corporate Tax Law

UAE CORPORATE TAX LAW

UAE Corporate Tax Law

Corporate Tax has arrived to the UAE! By virtue of the UAE Federal Decree Law No. 47 of 2022 on the Taxation of Corporations and Businesses.
Otherwise known as the UAE Corporate Tax Law. 

At a high level, Corporate Tax is a form of tax levied on the: 1) Taxable Income 2) of Taxable Persons.  Taxable Persons, in turn, may either be: 1) Legal persons or 2) Natural persons. The Corporate Tax rate is 9%.  And the Corporate Tax threshold is AED 375,000

Taxable Persons will become subject to Corporate Tax from the beginning of their 1st financial year, that starts on or after 1st of June 2023. 
Therefore, all Taxable Persons must register and obtain a Tax Registration Number for Corporate Tax purposes, from the applicable date.  

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Civil Marriage in Abu Dhabi

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Civil Marriage in Abu Dhabi | Process, Payment, Court Marriage Day

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Couples in the UAE who want to get married under the Civil law can do so under the Abu Dhabi Civil Family Court. This falls under the Abu Dhabi Courts, which is otherwise known as Abu Dhabi Judicial Department or ADJD.

Specifically, the Abu Dhabi Court marriage service is available to all UAE residents, not only those residing in Abu Dhabi.

Civil marriage in Abu Dhabi – Process

The marriage application is done through the ADJD portal, by logging-in via the UAE Pass. Once the Civil Marriage Application has been filled out, the couple must then submit the following documents:

  1. Passport copies
  2. Emirates ID copies
  3. In case of a previous marriage – the partner must show evidence of the dissolution of that marriage
  4. Also, couples who want a prenuptial agreement, they can submit it as a part of the marriage application
Civil marriage in Abu Dhabi – Payment

The standard fee for Abu Dhabi Court marriage in AED 300
There is also an Express Application option, where the couple can fast-track track their marriage application with a payment of AED 2,500

Civil Marriage in Abu Dhabi – Court Marriage Day

 

On the day of the Civil Marriage in Abu Dhabi, the bride and groom must present the following documents at the ADJD’s reception:

  1. A completed and signed Civil Marriage Application
  2. ADJD’s confirmation regarding the Civil marriage appointment
  3. Passport and/or
  4. Emirates ID

Note – while the couple can choose the date to get married, the final date and time for the Abu Dhabi Court marriage will be confirmed by ADJD.

Guests are permitted during the Civil marriage ceremony in Abu Dhabi however, they must provide identification documents.

This process is governed by Abu Dhabi Law No.14 of 2021 Concerning Personal Status for non-Muslim Foreigners.

 

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Civil Will Registration in Abu Dhabi

Wills in Abu Dhabi

Civil Will Registration in ADJD

Wills in Abu Dhabi

Civil Will Abu Dhabi – Process
Those who wish to register Civil Wills in UAE can do so via the Abu Dhabi Civil Family Court. It is a part of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department or ADJD.

The service is available on the ADJD portal, through the UAE Pass under the Abu Dhabi Family Court e-Services. The application should be submitted under the “Request to Authenticate a Civil Will.”

Civil Will Abu Dhabi – Documents & ADJD Template
Along with draft Will and Passport copy and/or Emirates ID. There is a standardized ADJD Will template provided in both Arabic and English.

Although, applications may use their own draft, which should be legally translated to Arabic. After submission of the application, the ADJD will update regarding the registration fee and appointment.

During the appointment, applicants will have to verify their identity and personal details as well as the details of their Civil Will. Upon approval, ADJD will register and stamp the Civil Will. The standard fee to register one Civil Will is AED 950.

This is line with Law No. 14 of 2021 Concerning Civil Marriages and it’s Effects in Abu Dhabi

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How to find a lawyer in Dubai

Finding a lawyer in Dubai

How to Find a Lawyer in Dubai | Ultimate Guide

Finding a lawyer in Dubai

Finding a Lawyer in Dubai

Dubai within a short time has proved to become one of the primary destinations in the world to receive top-notch services. And today, the city offers some of the best legal services in the country. Whether you are looking to get advice on employment law, criminal law, real estate law or commercial law – Dubai has some of the best lawyers for you to choose from.

However, with plenty of options available, it can also become overwhelming for first-time customers to decide on where to begin. To make things easier, we have created a step by step guide that can help you in finding the best lawyer in Dubai who can cater to your needs, your way.

Step 1 – How to find a lawyer in Dubai – Where to begin?
Number 1 rule – You should not necessarily wait to look for a lawyer in Dubai until you have a problem. Ideally you should start seeking for reliable lawyers in Dubai even before the problem arises. Or even to avoid the problem, all together.

Step 2 – How to find a lawyer in Dubai – Factors to consider when choosing a Dubai law firm
You need to identity the nature of your legal matter. For example is it about:

  • Divorce in Dubai,
  • Employment law,
  • Corporate law in Dubai or
  • Estate law in UAE

Some of the other factors to consider are:

  • The consultation fee to book a legal service in UAE,
  • Selecting legal consultancy in Dubai that is easy to commute,
  • Language preferences. Example – whether you prefer a English lawyer, Russian lawyer or Ukrainian lawyer
  • Lawyer reputation is also crucial to narrowing down the top lawyers in Dubai.

Step 3 – How to find a lawyer in Dubai – Where do you look for a lawyer in Dubai?
Recommendations and referrals should be the starting point when you start looking for a lawyer in Dubai. Today, searching on internet for best lawyers in Dubai can also help you find reliable and trustworthy legal consultations via online reviews. Social media has also become a primary tool. Not to mention, the quality of content that is shared, proving free legal advice online.

Step 4 – How to find a lawyer in Dubai – Factors to consider when hiring a lawyer in Dubai
Apart from the previously mentioned factors, other factors that determine a quality of lawyer include:

  • Lawyers knowledge about the UAE laws
  • Communicate with people is simple.
  • Lawyer’s responsiveness when addressing legal issues
  • Practical approach given to your legal problem.

Step 5 – How to find a lawyer in Dubai – Red flags to know before hiring a lawyer in Dubai
Keep away from lawyers in Dubai who gives you guarantees! If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Beware of lawyers in Dubai who call themselves the best!

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Sick Leave Labour law: How to Calculate Sick Leave in UAE?

SICK LEAVE IN UAE - LABOUR LAW

UAE Labour Law: How to Calculate Sick Leave in UAE?

SICK LEAVE IN UAE - LABOUR LAW
Overview on Sick Leave in UAE

In this article, we will be discussing about how to calculate sick leave in UAE as per the Labour Law. At a high level, all employees working in a private sector are entitled to a maximum of 90 days sick leave in UAE. 

Eligibly to Take Sick Leave in UAE

According to the UAE Labour Law, employees are given the right to take sick leave once they have completed the probation period as per the contract in a private company.

Calculating Sick Leave in UAE

Once the probation period is complete, employees are entitled to take a maximum of 90 days sick leave in UAE, which can be consecutive or intermittent, per year.

Those 90 days sick leave in UAE can be calculated as follows:

  • The first 15 days of sick leave in UAE – are compensated at FULL pay, or 100% of the monthly salary.
  • The following 30 days of sick leave in UAE – are at half pay or 50% of the monthly salary.
  • And the remaining 45 days – are without pay.

Sick Leave Beyond 90 Days

In the event the employee continues to be sick, beyond the 90 days, the company can terminate their employment, as long as all the relevant financial entitlements are paid.

This is in line with Article 31 of the UAE Labour Law, which is Federal Decree Law No. 33 of 2021. 

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