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Dubai Maid Rules and Regulations Dubai

Dubai Maid Rules and Regulations Dubai

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Maid Rules and Regulations Dubai

* July 2014: The new contract aimed at protecting the domestic worker's rights does not require that the sponsor ratifies the contract with the embassy of the domestic worker. This requirement contradicts the requirement that the Embassy of the Philippines will only process employment contracts that are ratified by them. This has affected the number of Philipino domestic workers entering the UAE since the new contract law came into place. Currently the two sets of laws are at odds. Read more here>>

* June 1st 2014: The Ministry of Labour in Dubai has put into law a new contract that will protect domestic workers and stop employers and agencies from cheating maids out of their hard earned cash.According to the new rules domestic staff will have to have one day off a week, 14 days paid leave and 30 days sick leave. The sponsor will also be responsible for the repatriation of the maid.  

*August 29th 2012: Nepal has placed a ban on housemaids under 30 being recruited for the Gulf region

*July 26th 2012: Ethiopia has placed a temporary ban on employment of its nationals in the UAE and Nepal has lifted its ban on emplyment of maids in the UAE- so you won't be able to employ a maid directly from Ethiopia but you can from Nepal now.
Hiring of Illegal Maids

There has been a crackdown since 2012 on the employment of illegal maids.

The fines and punishments are steep- between 50,00 AED to 100,000 AED, possible jail term and possible deportation. Do not expose yourself to this risk. Illegal helpers include one's that describe themselves as part timers on someone else's visa, full or part timers with no visa at all, odd job men, gardeners not belonging to any company etc.

Your options are either to sponsor your own maid/ helper who must only work for you or use a reputable, registered agency.


Even though this is the law you will still see adverts for part time maids, babysitters, gardeners etc. so sometimes it can be confusing for newcomers as they do not realise this is illegal. Yes, many people do do it but we really wouldn't want you to be the one caught out and hit with a hefty fine all for the sake of having a clean floor.

Here is the latest information that was published in the Gulf News in April 2012:

"A draft law has proposed the imposition of severe penalties on sponsors of domestic helpers if they breached the contract of employment and ask their domestic help to do a job which they are not supposed to do. A senior official at the Ministry of Interior, said those who employ domestic helpers not on their sponsorship would also incur severe penalty.

"Once the draft law is approved, it will help the ministry to implement rigorously the rules and regulations governing the employment of domestic workers," he said.

The official said the ministry will deal sternly with the sponsor or any other person who violates the terms of contract of a domestic worker.

"Once the law is approved, there will be zero tolerance from the ministry against those who even lend their domestic helpers to friends or family members," he said.

"There will be a new law that will take care of the domestic helpers' rights, the sponsors' rights and will keep close watch on recruitment agencies too," the official said.

The official said 17 professions will come under the domestic helpers' category of the residency law.

"We have added new professions to the list of domestic helpers such as sailor, private PRO, private teacher, private nurse, private coach, horse groomer, and private worker," he said.

He said the new law will also reduce the fees expatriates pay to the residency department in order to employ domestic helpers. It will likely be on par with the amount paid by Emiratis.

Deposit amount

"We will reduce the Dh5,000 deposit paid by the expatriates to employ domestic helpers. It could become Dh2,000 fees without the deposit," he said.

According to the existing law for domestic helpers, residence permits for maids or domestic help are for a period of one year if the sponsor is an expatriate, but if the sponsor is Emirati then the period is two years.

The official said a committee of the Interior and Defence at the Federal National Council is working on a new comprehensive domestic helpers' law which is under study and will be approved soon by the authority.

He added that the Ministry of Interior will be the only body that will be in charge of all issues related to visas, work permits and dispute of domestic workers.

The official said there will be new work permit between the sponsor and the domestic helper that will preserve the rights of both. However, the official did not give details about the draft of the new work permit.

"The committee is at the moment working on regulating the prohibiting of making the domestic helpers do work not mentioned in the labour contract or work for someone else other than the sponsor," he said. He said the next step will focus on domestic helpers' work permit.

"We are aware that there are many recruitment agencies that are abusing the law and for that reason there will be Ministry of Interior rules and regulations that will closely monitor those agencies who will be under the ministry," he said.

Currently, there are different sections at the residency department to deal with disputes involving domestic workers and their sponsors. Cases which cannot be solved at the sections are then referred to the courts, he said.

Once the new law comes into force, a special court will handle cases of domestic helpers, he added.

The new professions that will fall under the domestic helpers' category are (only for household, not companies): Housemaid, imam, private sailor, watchman, household shepherd, household horse groomer, private driver, household falcon carer and trainer, domestic worker, housekeeper, private coach, private teacher, baby sitter, household farmer, private nurse, private PRO, private agriculture engineer.

The existing professions under domestic helpers category: Maid, household farmer and private driver."
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  • looking4advice  on  21 May 2014 04:49:43 PM

    Hello. My maid has decided that she does not wish to go on holiday to the Phillipines this year and would like money for the ticket instead. Obviously she will still get her salary of Dhs 2000 but she is asking for another 2,000 on top of the salary and airfare as says she is legally entitled to 'holiday pay' if she chooses not to go away. This will bring the amount she is asking to over Dhs 6,000 for that month. Can someone please confirm this for me. Thank you.

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  • kirkidium  on  05 Jun 2014 03:25:35 PM

    The "holiday pay" is the AED2k salary you are going to pay her. Regardless of where she takes her holiday - back home, in Dubai or anywhere else she chooses. However, sometimes my maid chooses not to go home and to continue to work for me through her "holiday". In this case, I pay her normal salary, give her AED3k for her airfare and then pay her a month's extra salary - because I would pay that to someone else to cover while my maid were away on vacation.

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  • MrsChef  on  26 Jun 2014 01:26:08 PM

    I agree with Kirkidium. Ours is staying with us this year. I've given her a months salary, plus an additional month and then the money the airfare would have cost us. From this she's been able to put windows in the house she's building and also buy tiles for her floor. Makes me very happy to be able to do this for her and to see the pictures....after all, most of us are here to save and make a better life for ourselves and our familes.

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  • Irene Becher  on  01 Jul 2014 05:24:57 PM

    Good day to all: Im a housemaid ive been here for 1 month in my employers house..i cant understand the attitude of my madame...everyday were having an aurguement..so i talk both of my employers to send me back in my agency bcos i want to change my employer..but the reaction of boss is like this..no i own the agency..ur not allowed to change ur employer i will let u pay for blood also your family in phils...im afraid if he will hit me...i need ur help...can i go back to the agency and change my employer...pls i just need your help...just call me atthis # 0529151587..0r send me message in my fb account irenegeslaga.becher...pls i need ur help...i want to go back in my agency....

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  • admin  on  01 Jul 2014 05:35:41 PM

    Hi Irene, we recommend you definitely consult your agency and if all else fails you should contact your local embassy. HTH EW Admin

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  • Spook  on  04 Jul 2014 01:14:27 PM

    Hello! Can anyone tell me what the rules and regs are in relation to hiring a maid? Stuff like holiday entitlement, sick leave, visits to their home country, responsibilities for when we leave..... At this stage I am trying to understand what obligations (legal and moral) that we will be taking on. At the moment I do not have a clue!

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  • Nylirac Darlzz Amiled  on  04 Jul 2014 10:52:27 PM

    HI..good evening. can I have some comments and informations about my status...ive been working with my madam for 2 years and planning not to renew my contract and look for another job. ..i talked to them already about my plans and they agreed it..my questions are: 1. can I ask for my airfare in cash since I will not go back home? 2. what will be the benefits I take from my employer since I finished my two years contract with them?

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  • null  on  15 Jul 2014 08:04:58 PM

    i was work allso in 1 year in sout afrika family regarding the contrak i will get free tiket n 1 month bonus but idont get anything allso my salary stell with them but for me its ok good will pay everything.

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  • cynthia perez  on  14 Aug 2014 01:27:03 AM

    good day admin....i just need opinion on what exactly is the best thing for me to do.My contract will finished by Dec. this yr. but my visa will expire by March 2. I want to go home by Dec....i arrived here in UAE on Dec. 28,2012.If i go home by Dec. is there any possibility that i can get another sponsor?I need higher salary.cos i have 5 kids back home my salary now is only 1,500 AED and it can never be enough.in all their needs.My friends r telling me that i need to finish my visa in March which i think i cannot stand anymore cos in here i can only eat lunch time and too much work cos i am serving 8.people in this villa and i’m doing all houseworks all alone .My wish is to go home with my kids in Dec. but i also wish to come back to get good sponsor who can give me the rate which me and my kids need.apls. give mebur opinion.Thank u and more power....Cynpar

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  • admin  on  14 Aug 2014 11:02:27 AM

    Hi Cynthia, If you contract is finished and you choose not to renew then you are free to leave. The employer should cancel your visa at that time- if you don't work for them anymore then you shouldn't be under their sponsorship. You can then go home and look for a new sponsor to bring you back out. Please note that if you are from the Phillippines they are not issuing new visas for maids from there at the moment. Good luck and hope it all works out! EW Admin

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  • Jundy Moore  on  21 Aug 2014 01:26:49 PM

    Hi good day admin..is our weekly off day is a mandatory law here in Dubai or not?I mean ...for the maid. Thank you so much please tell me,I need to know. More power... Jundy

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  • admin  on  21 Aug 2014 12:00:00 AM

    Hi Jundy, yes it is a mandatory day off. HTH EW Admin

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  • JP328  on  24 Aug 2014 09:02:00 PM

    Hi. Is is illegal to hire a full time live in maid that has her own visa or if she us on her husband's visa? I'm getting several applicants that are like this and I'm unclear of the rules. Thanks!

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  • admin  on  25 Aug 2014 01:52:21 PM

    Hi JP328 if your maid has her own sponsorship she will need to provide you with a a letter of no objection- an NOL.

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  • annadot  on  31 Aug 2014 06:36:18 PM

    Hi, I want to hire a maid in December. Her contract expires end November. She is however from the Phillippines. Would it be possible for me to hire her? Do I need to fly her out to a neighbouring country and then bring her back in? What procedures do I need to follow as she is truly lovely and we would love for her to become part of our family.

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  • Dazza Luke Mutukrisna  on  06 Sep 2014 08:45:21 PM

    Hi I have got a nanny arrange to come over fro Philippines I have now arranged her entry visa and now I have been told she may not be able to leave her country due to a ban could someone please advise

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  • robyn007  on  12 Sep 2014 05:00:49 PM

    Hi Ladies, I would like to hire a live in Filipina maid who is currently contracted to a maid agency until May 2015. Can anyone tell me if it is possible for the maid to break her contract and if so how it is done. in addition if it is not possible how we go about the process in may. Will she need to leave the country etc and start from scratch again?? thanks to anyone who can shed some light on this for me.

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  • Eltham22  on  16 Sep 2014 12:22:34 PM

    Hi, I have found a maid who is on her own visa and wants to work for us as a live in maid. Please can you advise if it's legal to hire maids this way? What are the legal documents to be drawn up in this scenario? Many thanks.

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  • aisha92084  on  23 Sep 2014 11:09:16 AM

    Im a housmaid and finish my contract for 2yrs my visa expires last sept.19 but my madam yold me shes not still cancelled my visa and I already found a new employer and want me to start as soon my visa cancelled but my mafam is noy allowing me to go shes telling me that I can go onlyunyill end of sept. And i just wanted to know if legally she has togive me my 1 month holiday pay leave and if I can get my plane tcket as cash coz I decided not to go back home pls help me regarding dis matter tnx

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  • divinagracia  on  23 Sep 2014 08:53:21 PM

    Hi, Admin i just want some advice , im from phillipine im working as a housemaid here in dubai for 3 years and in three years i didnt go for vacation and my salary is only 1100, and in my one year no off.. last july 17 i go vacation for 1 and half month they didnt give my salary for my vacation cause they said im not working at that time. Im trying to leave them when i finish my 2 years but they didnt give me a release and they want to send me in phillipines and going back in dubai is to hard for like a filipino like me. Now my contract finish on dec 17, i want to look for other family that can pay me as higher than 1500 and can give my benefits ...yearly vacation and one whole day off.. please i need an advice and help... castillodivinagracia@gmail.com...

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  • deadlycharm  on  30 Sep 2014 12:49:47 AM

    Hi. I am a filipina working here in oman... my contract ends by april 2015. I need some advice, I am planning to go and work to dubai directly from oman. Is it possible to cross the country. I want to find new sponsor in dubai. Is it possible to make as money my fair ticket back home. Thank you.

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  • Angela Siong  on  30 Sep 2014 11:44:19 PM

    Hi. Hello admin. I askd to clarify me.im a filipina.im working as a hausemaid for one year as of now.i dont like my employer attitude. I want to change the employer. So I need back to angecy ..tell what will I do.thanks admin.

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  • Lhynne Rosataso  on  01 Oct 2014 12:32:14 PM

    Hi..good afternoon..i am a maid in a syrian family but they dont allow me to have day off and i only have 1100 aed salary a month..can someone tell me what to do?thank you..

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  • Shwayashwaya  on  04 Oct 2014 10:37:59 AM

    What are the legal requirements for hiring a part-time maid? And if the maid has a residency visa already under another sponsor. Thank you in advance.

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