The Dubai government’s new HR law includes more leave days and the option to work remotely.

Dubai ruler HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has approved a new human resources law that will provide Dubai government workers with more leave days, easier promotion opportunities, and the ability to work from home.

Under the new law, annual leave for employees of grades 8 to 11 has been increased from 22 days to 25 days, while employees of grade 7 and less will get 18 days instead of 15 days.

The law introduces a “remote working” option for employees, as well as overtime compensation, subject to the written approval of their line manager. Employees will also get five days of fully paid leave to work on research, graduation theses, and other projects.

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Stepping up the career ladder will become easier under the new law – anyone with a satisfactory annual review will be eligible for a promotion. The new law also allows employees to apply for any internal position within their organisation, and be assigned to the new post without having to meet promotion criteria.

“We are committed to providing a supportive environment for all employees of the Government of Dubai, as the performance of the government sector is key to our development journey,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

“Our objective is to ensure a strong work life balance and stability for all government employees. We have also issued directives to provide all means of assistance to them regardless of their positions and responsibilities in order to help them realise their full creative potential.

“The new HR Law reflects our vision for ensuring an even better future for employees of the Government of Dubai and the happiness of their families.”

The law is expected to be implemented by 2019.

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