The Emirati government recently extended the deadline for converting unlimited-term employment contracts.

Key Points:

  • Private sector employers now have until Dec. 31, 2023, to convert unlimited-term employment contracts to limited-term employment contracts.
  • The conversion deadline was previously set at Feb. 1.
  • Employers should ensure that they convert their contracts by the Dec. 31 deadline to avoid potential penalties.

Additional Information: More information regarding the process of converting unlimited-term employment contracts to limited-term contracts is available here.

BAL Analysis: Emirati authorities extended the conversion deadline to enhance flexibility and competitiveness for private sector companies and to safeguard employee rights.

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