Arabian Gulf

UAE gives paternity permission for private-sector employees


Authorities declared on Sunday that men working in the private sector in the UAE can take a five-day paid paternity authorization to take care of their newborns.

Indeed, the Emirates News Agency (WAM) said that the President of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, accepted the improvements to the job law, allowing private-sector employees to paid paternity permission.

In this new law, male employees in private sector companies will take five days of a paid parental permit within six months of the birth of the child. Actually, female workers in the private sector get 45-day maternity leave.

In the same context, the WAM report declared that the paid parental authorization is the latest benefit for workers in the private sector, and the UAE will be the first Arab country that gives paternity leave to private sector agents.

This new decree has an objective to promote family cohesion and stability, improve the position of UAE’s and competitiveness in the domain of gender balance, and also encourage young talent to work in the private sector.

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