UAE’s equal pay law for women and men in the private sector takes effect from September 25th, 2020
25 September 2020| Last updated on 27 September 2020
The new legislation was first approved by the UAE cabinet in April 2018
A new presidential decree ensuring equal pay for men and women in the private sector took effect on Friday September 25, 2020.
The new law, as issued by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, stated: "Female employees shall receive wages equal to that of males if they perform the same work or another of equal value."
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The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization said the new law will elevate the emirates' regional and international standing in gender equality.
Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, tweeted her congratulations to all the working women in the UAE private sector
She said: "This step will undoubtedly boost the social inclusivity of women, support their role in national development, and advance the UAE’s status on the world’s Gender Equality Index."
The UAE ranked 26th worldwide in the United Nations Development Programmes’ 2019 Gender Inequality Index.