Emirati authorities recently implemented the Wage Protection System for companies registered in the Dubai Multi Commodities Center Free Zone.

Key Points:

  • Companies registered with the DMCC Free Zone are now required to pay foreign nationals who hold a valid or expired employment visa or Personal Identity Card through the WPS.
  • Companies must register new employees for salary transfer immediately after the Company Employment Card is issued or after the PIC application is closed.
  • Companies can only pay salaries in the UAE’s national currency.
  • More information regarding the implementation of the WPS is available here.

Additional Information: Emirati authorities will not fine companies that do not comply with this requirement for 2023; however, beginning in 2024, companies that do not pay their employees through the WPS will be fined.

BAL Analysis: Emirati authorities will require companies registered with the DMCC to pay employees through the WPS to ensure foreign workers’ wages are protected.

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