We must have a sincere a look on Federal Decree-Law No. 13 of 2022 regarding insurance against unemployment, which came into force at the beginning of this year, as it represents – from my point of view – a huge leap in the path of enhancing job stability for workers in the federal and private sectors, whether were citizens or residents.

Let us address some of the fine details of this law and link it to the fundamental amendments that were included in the new labor law, as the two legislations are compatible in providing an attractive environment for investors on one hand and consolidating job and material security for workers on the other hand.

The recent labor law includes amendments that consider the rights of both parties to the relationship, ensuring that the worker obtains all his rights immediately after the end of the contractual relationship, and in return provides sufficient flexibility to terminate the work relationship according to specific controls, to largely end the problem of unfair dismissal that was consuming a great deal of time and effort by the judiciary.

In conclusion, this law enhances the efficiency of the labor market in the country, in a balanced manner that guarantees the rights of the worker without restricting the employer’s hand in terminating the service of those he does not see fit.

And after it comes the Unemployment Insurance Law, which reflects precognition and flexibility in providing alternatives that provide a social protection umbrella for workers if they lose their jobs for one reason or another, within the framework of the law.

The unemployment insurance system mainly aims to compensate the insured with a cash amount of 60% of his salary, in exchange for a nominal subscription in the system according to easy procedures, available through smart and other traditional channels to suit all categories.

The details certainly surprise us, when we find that – according to the system – those covered by insurance are divided into two categories:

The first is those who receive a basic salary of 16 thousand dirhams or less, as the value of their subscription is five dirhams per month, or 60 dirhams annually, so that the member of this category will receive a monthly compensation of 10 thousand dirhams for a period of three months if he is terminated from work for non-disciplinary reasons.

As for the second category, it includes those whose salaries exceed 16 thousand dirhams, and they pay 10 dirhams per month or 120 dirhams annually only, so that the beneficiary from this category will receive 20 thousand dirhams per month for a period of three months if he is unemployed.

Some compare settling in a Western country or residing in a country like the Emirates, and put forward criteria such as living and job security, and others.

I have many friends and with different nationalities, who chose to emigrate to several countries after residing for a period in the Emirates, and they all agreed that they do not miss their original countries, as much as they are eager to return to the Emirates.

And I am certain that the recent package of legislation, and I mean here all laws, including penal laws, establishes the UAE’s keenness to give everyone opportunities for a decent life, and even tolerates them in some matters that were not tolerated in the past, confirming its value as a country of tolerance and a land of opportunities.



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