Five-day paid paternity leave for fathers in UAE's private sector


The UAE has granted private sector workers mandatory paternity leave, following an order from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

According to the new law, private companies are required to provide fathers of newly-born babies with a five-day leave, that should be taken within six months from the child's birth. 

The UAE is the first Arab country to grant parental leave to employees in the private sector.

The new move aims to promote gender balance in the country and achieve family cohesion and stability. 

It also encourages young employees to work in private companies, as parental leave is one of the latest benefits added to the sector.

More from Local

Coming Up on Dubai Eye

  • Lunch with Lloyd

    11:00am - 2:00pm

    No one knows entertainment better than veteran Dubai broadcaster Mark Lloyd.

  • Afternoons with Helen Farmer

    2:00pm - 5:00pm

    Every weekday afternoon, Helen Farmer will help you to navigate the highs and lows of life in the UAE. Stay up to date with what’s happening and where to go.

On Dubai Eye

Business Breakfast