Maternity leave in the Federal government
As per Article 53 of Federal Law No. 11 of 2008 Regarding Human Resources in Federal Government, a female employee in a permanent position shall be granted maternity leave of 60 days with full salary.
After that, for 4 months from the date of the employee resuming work, she is entitled to 2 hours' reduced working hours to nurse her child either at the beginning or at the end of the working hours. Such breaks are fully paid for.
As per Article 54 of the same law, a male employee who gets a child is entitled to paid paternity leave for three days during the month of the delivery if the delivery happens in the UAE.
Maternity leave in Abu Dhabi
Females are entitled to three months of fully-paid maternity leave. After the female employee resumes, she is entitled to two hours of daily leave for the first year after delivery to nurse her child.
Males are entitled to three days' paternity leave.
Maternity leave in Dubai Government
Maternity leave in Dubai government is subject to Dubai Government Human Resources Management Law No. 27 of 2006. In January 2017, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council made an amendment to maternity leave provision and approved the extension of compulsory fully paid maternity leave from 60 days to 90 days. The decision went into effect on 1 March 2018. As per this policy, annual leave and unpaid leave can be added to the maternity leave up to a maximum of 120 days from the start date of the maternity leave.
After resuming work and for one year from the date of the baby’s birth, the mother is entitled to 2 hours' reduced working hours to nurse her child, either at the beginning or at the end of the working hours. In Ramadan, nursing hours is reduced to one hour.
Dubai Government Maternity Guidelines
Dubai Government Human Resources Department issued the maternity guidelines (PDF, 150 KB, Arabic) for employees of Dubai Government. The guidelines include medical tips for pregnant employees as well as information related to their rights and duties as provided by Decree No. 14 of 2017 on Maternity, Miscarriage/Stillbirth, and Childcare Leave for Female Employees of the Government of Dubai.
Maternity leave in Sharjah Government
Since the issuance of a local decree in 2016, the total period of maternity leave in Sharjah Government is 120 days, comprising 90 days paid leave and 30 days unpaid leave.
The decree permitted to adding annual leave to the maternity leave and granted new mothers two hours for nursing their child for a duration of six months.
Maternity leave in Ras Al Khaimah Government
In November 2016, Ras Al Khaimah Government extended the maternity leave to 90 days paid leave. Earlier in 2015, the nursing period was extended to one whole year from the birth of the baby.
Updated on 22 Mar 2020