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Probation period Dubai UAE

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Employment Probationary Period in Dubai and UAE

Important: None of this is legal advice or authoritative information. Contact a lawyer and/or the UAE Ministry of Labour (MOL) and/or other UAE authorities for official information. This is only our understanding of the situation in the UAE, and we might be wrong.

Information about the Employment Probationary period in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and other emirates in the UAE. Resignation during the probationary period, the labour ban, and what the employment probation period means for new employees in the UAE.

UAE Labour Law and probation periods

Article 37 of the UAE Labour Law says "A worker may be employed on probation for a period not exceeding six months, during which the employer without notice or severance pay may terminate his services. A worker shall not be placed on probation more than once with the same employer. Where a worker successfully completes the period of probation and continues in employment, the said period shall be calculated as part of his period of service."

Resignation during probation period in the UAE and being fired / dismissed

Employers can dismiss workers without notice during the probation period in the UAE. It is not clear that the reverse is permitted i.e. resignation by the employee without notice during the probation period. Employees would be wise to assume they must give proper notice during the probation period (one month for indefinite/unlimited contracts, or whatever is specified in limited contracts). Sometimes workers have resigned with no notice without penalty, but assume that is because the employer couldn't be bothered chasing after them, not because the law was on the side of the employee.

Labour Ban if resigning during the probation period in the UAE
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Sick Leave while on probation in the UAE
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