Provisions for employing GCC nationals
According to Cabinet Resolution No. 72/5 for the year 2007 (Arabic only), GCC nationals working in the private sector shall be treated equally to UAE nationals working in the private sector, in terms of all employment procedures provided that the Emiratisation quota allocated for UAE nationals will not be affected.
Further, as per Cabinet Resolution No. 18 for the year 2007 (Arabic only), GCC nationals employed in the UAE are entitled to pension in accordance with the schemes established in their home countries and will be subject to GCC Insurance Protection Extension Program (Arabic only) that is applied on GCC nationals working in the UAE’s public and private sectors.
GCC nationals working in the private sector are required to obtain a work permit. The company itself must process the application through Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE). After the approval is issued, the GCC worker can resume work instantly because they are not required to obtain a residence visa like other foreign expatriates.
Cabinet Resolution No. 292 for the year 2015 (Arabic only) lists the employment procedures for GCC nationals in the private sector.