Published On: October 19th, 2022 / Last Updated: October 10th, 2022 / 1.7 min read /

UAE introduces Unemployment Insurance Scheme; Who is Eligible?

The UAE’s new unemployment support program will serve as a “security blanket” for residents and citizens and is a progressive measure that gives employees crucial protection.  Impacting both UAE residents and UAE nationals, plans are underway to launch the new UAE unemployment benefits scheme in January 2023.  It is part of a new federal law first announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE.


The employees who lose their jobs will receive cash support for a period of time until the employee finds another job. The scheme applies to all nationalities in the private and public sectors.

Not Eligible:

Investors, domestic workers, workers with temporary contracts, people under the age of 18 years and retired persons with a pension who joined a new job will not be part of the unemployment insurance scheme.

Ministry informed that unemployment insurance fees might range between Dh40 and Dh100 per year and in return will be eligible to receive up to 60 percent of their basic salary, or up to AED 20,000 per month, if they lose their jobs.

“It is a safety net for everyone who works in the country. We will have a final law and regulations for the unemployment insurance scheme and will announce more details later this year,” said Abdulrahman Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratization.

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