UAE officials released a statement clarifying the conditions for overtime work and the maximum number of overtime hours allowed per week.
27 January 2023| Last updated on 20 July 2023
These are the new UAE regulations regarding overtime work.
When project deadlines are tight or extra hours are needed to complete other important tasks, employees in the UAE often find themselves having to work overtime.
To help you keep aware of how overtime is viewed under the UAE Labour Relations law and its regulations, this quick guide explains the new law that clarifies working overtime in the UAE.
So if you ever find yourself staying back a little later at your job, here's what you need to know.
Working overtime in the UAE
In January 2023, the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) official Twitter account posted: "Employers can ask their employees to do overtime work, according to the Labour Relations Law and its executive regulations, however, they need to take into consideration conditions explained in this post."
The UAE laws made it clear that yes, your employer can ask you to work overtime, so long as it doesn't go beyond two hours each day.
The total number of overall working hours must not exceed 144 hours, every three weeks, making this around 48 hours per week.
Working hours must also not exceed five consecutive hours, without a minimum one-hour break. An employee's working hours are specified in the job contract for non-full time.
An employee's commute time to and from his or her workplace is not included in these working hours.