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Annual leave options for employees in UAE


Annual leave for employee in UAE is stated in the Article 29(1) of the Employment Law. Which states that after working for the same company for a full year, you are entitled to 30 days of yearly leave. Each year of employment qualifies for this benefit.

According to Article 29(8) of the Employment Law, unless you choose to carry over your annual leave or get payment in lieu of leave, your employer cannot restrict you from taking your annual leave for more than two years. This is in accordance with the requirements of the company charter and the Decree Law’s Executive Regulations.

According to Article 19(1) of Cabinet Resolution No. 1 of 2022, you can bank up to 15 days’ worth of vacation time for use the following year, or negotiate a monetary payout from your company in its place. The amount of money you receive should reflect your salary at the time you earn the leave.

The amount of days of yearly leave that you were not able to utilize during your employment will be paid out to you in cash. According to Article 29(9) of the Employment Law, this sum must be determined using your base income. You are also entitled to vacation compensation based on your length of service, which includes partial years of employment.

In conclusion, if you and your employer agree, you can take a monetary payment in place of any wasted vacation days. The amount of the cash payout should be determined by reference to your base income, with the specifics and conditions being determined by the rules and regulations in effect.

It is recommended that you consult with an attorney licensed to practice law in the United Arab Emirates for more information on this topic.

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