The new UAE labor law and rules permitted businesses to recruit workers based on 12 distinct types of work licenses. It is controlled whether they are employed abroad or within the nation.

According to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE), the following permits are available:

  1. Work Permit (recruiting a worker from outside the country): This authorization permits registered enterprises with the Ministry to hire workers from outside the nation.
  2. Transfer Work Permit: The non-national worker may be moved to and from an establishment registered with the Ministry under this authorization.
  3. Family-Sponsored Permit: This permission permits people who are sponsored by their family to work in a Ministry-registered establishment.
  4. Temporary Work Permit: A worker is engaged under this permit for a job whose nature of execution or completion necessitates a certain amount of time in one of the enterprises registered with the Ministry.
  5. Mission Work Permit: This permit is provided to an establishment registered with the Ministry that wishes to hire a worker from abroad for a specified amount of time to accomplish temporary work or a specific project.
  6. Part-Time Work Permit: This permit allows establishments registered with the Ministry to employ a worker under a part-time contract so that his/her working hours or working days are less than his/her full-time counterparts. A worker may work for more than one employer after obtaining a permit to that effect from the Ministry.
  7. Juvenile Work Permit: Under this permit, a person who has reached the age of 15 and has not exceeded 18 years may be employed in an establishment registered with the Ministry.
  8. Student Training and Employment Permit: This permit allows an establishment registered with the Ministry to train or employ a student in the State who has reached the age of 15, according to certain controls and conditions that ensure an appropriate training and work environment.
  9. UAE/GCC Nationals Work permit: This type of permit allows an establishment registered with the Ministry to employ UAE or GCC nationals.
  10. Golden Visa Work Permit: This permit is granted when an establishment registered with the Ministry applies to employ a holder of golden residency visa.
  11. Trainee Citizen Work Permit: This permit is granted to an establishment registered with the Ministry that wishes to train a citizen according to a recognized scientific qualification.
  12. Freelancing Work Permit: This permit is granted to individuals wishing to engage in freelance work independently (based on their own residency in the case of foreign individuals) without being sponsored by a specific entity or employer in the State and without the need for a valid employment contract through which the individual will earn a direct income by offering his or her services for a specified period of time or by performing a task or providing a specific service, whether to individuals or entities. In such case, the natural person may not be considered in no way an employee of such individuals or entities.

MOHRE may be reached at 600590000 or ask@mohre.gove.ae for further information and answers to your questions.

The Dubai office is located at 62 Doha Road and is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.