In July 2015, H. H Sheikh Khalifa has issued Federal Decree Law No. 2 of 2015 (PDF) on Combating Discrimination and Hatred, which aims to protect everyone in the UAE and thus bring the concept of social security to a new level. The law aims to fight discrimination against individuals or groups based on religion, caste, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin. Read more on UAE Anti-discrimination/Anti-hatred law.
Laws on equal wages for women and men
In 2018, the UAE Cabinet approved a law on equal wages and salaries for women and men. Article 32 of the UAE labour law 1980 already provides that the female worker shall be granted a wage equal to that as the man is earning if she were performing the same work.
Federal Law No. 29 of 2006
Federal Law No. 29 of 2006, protects the rights of people of determination. Article 12 of the law provides: the country guarantees people with special needs equal opportunities in education within all educational, vocational training, adult education and continuing education institutions in regular classes or special classes with the availability of curriculum in sign language or Braille and or any other methods as appropriate.
No discrimination against people of determination in public and private sectors
Resolution No. 43 of 2018 in support of the ‘people of determination’ aims to support the rights of ‘people of determination’ in the field of employment by enabling access to opportunities in the labour market.
The resolution requires concerned government entities to protect the rights of ‘people of determination’ and to ensure their right to work on an equal basis with others and not to be discriminated against.
The resolution stressed the need to provide working and health conditions for ‘people of determination,’ and not to terminate their services or refer them to retirement due to disability or its occurrence after appointment, unless retirement age is reached or a competent medical committee decision states they are not fit to work.
Further, it stipulates that the private sector should be encouraged to integrate ‘people of determination’ into their institutions and grant them exemptions and privileges.
UAE Domestic Helpers Law
The UAE Domestic Helpers Law prohibits discrimination among helpers on the basis of race, colour, gender, religion and political opinion.
Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958
The UAE is a signatory to the Convention concerning Discrimination in Respect of Employment and Occupation. The convention requires signatories to pursue a national policy designed to promote equality of opportunity and treatment in respect of employment and occupation, with a view to eliminating any discrimination in respect thereof.
Updated on 09 Jul 2019