- Overview:United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Global Employer of Record (EOR) in the UAE
Global employment services
If you have plans to expand your global business to the UAE and need to employ a local workforce there, Acumen International’s Global Employer of Record / EOR is the perfect solution to help you legally onboard and payroll your workforce in the UAE without establishing a local business entity.
Attempting to hire and payroll employees on your own in the UAE can be challenging. You will have to familiarize yourself with the nuances of the country’s HR regulations and navigate the Emirates’ ever-changing labor laws, costing you time, money and resources. In the process, you will have to be careful to avoid risks related to noncompliance and unintentional legal violations.
With Acumen International as global employment organization and your trusted partner, you can outsource the complicated task of hiring talent in the UAE to our team of global employment experts. Acumen’s UAE Employer of Record provides an alternative global employment solution for safely hiring the UAE’s top talent, easily, quickly and cost-effectively.
Benefits of Acumen’s UAE EOR for your business:
- We assume full responsibility for employing your global workforce on your behalf.
- We ensure strict and legal observance of UAE HR protocols.
- Our personalized approach ensures optimal solutions, to meet your unique business needs.
- Our fast and efficient global employment services can be executed within a few hours to several days, even under the most challenging circumstances.
At Acumen International, we focus on satisfying the long-term employment needs of our clients, with comprehensive global employment solutions that include onboarding, payroll and employee benefits provision.
Partnering with Acumen relieves you of the need to focus on HR, so you can devote your time and attention to growing your business abroad. Let us handle your employment needs for hiring, onboarding, compensating and terminating your global workforce, in full compliance with related tax and legal requirements.
Spotlight on the UAE
The United Arab Emirates is a nation state made up of seven distinct emirates. It features an open economy and a relatively high standard of living.
- Location: The UAE is located in Western Asia, at the eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula. It shares land borders with Oman and Saudi Arabia, and maritime borders with Iran and Qatar.
- Capital: Abu Dhabi became the official capital of the UAE in the early 1990s.
- Population: As of August 2021, the population of the UAE is estimated to be 10,030,546, representing about 0.13% of the total world population.
- Labor force: According to World Bank data, the total labor force in the UAE in 2020, made up of workers aged 15 and older, was 6,820,222.
- Official language: Arabic is the official language of the UAE, and all official business is conducted in Arabic. However, the population is made up of diverse ethnic backgrounds and cultures, and many people speak English.
- Ease of Doing Business ranking: As of 2020, the UAE is ranked 16th by the World Bank for ease of doing business, out of 190 countries worldwide.
- Currency: The official currency in the UAE is the UAE Dirham (AED). The Dirham is pegged to the US Dollar, making it one of the world’s most stable currencies.
- Minimum statutory salary: The UAE does not mandate a minimum wage. The only legal stipulation is that wages in the UAE must be sufficient to cover the basic living needs for employees and their families. However, high school graduates can expect to make a minimum of AED 400 per month, and college grads can expect to make at least AED 500 per month in 2021.
- Developing industries: Until recently, the UAE’s economy has been largely dependent on the oil and gas industry. However, economic diversification in recent years has inspired the growth of manufacturing, construction, hospitality and tourism, real estate, finance and technology.
- Main Trading partners: The UAE’s main export partners are India, Japan, China, Oman and Saudi Arabia, respectively. Import partners include China, India, USA, UK and Germany, in that order.
- Holidays: The UAE’s major holidays include New Year’s Day (January 1), Eid Al Fitr Eve and Day (celebrated in May), Day of Arafat (celebrated in July), and Eid Al Adha (also in July).
Employment in the UAE
The UAE has multiple regulations in place to govern business operations and protect labor rights. The lion’s share of UAE labor laws are directed at foreign nationals, who comprise a substantial percentage of the country’s workforce. The laws governing the employment of foreign nationals are extensive.
- Work permissions must be obtained from the Cabinet of Ministers, and all dealings with the Cabinet must be conducted in Arabic.
- Work permits are required for foreign nationals, and are only issued when there are no local citizens to fill open positions.
- Wages must be paid at least once a month, or according to the terms of the employment contract.
- Wages must be deposited by the employer into banks and financial institutions designated by the UAE.
- Failure to pay wages according to their due date can result in stiff penalties for employers.
If your company plans to employ foreign nationals or expats in the UAE, it is critical to adhere to the legal mandates of the Cabinet of Ministers. Since all interactions with the Cabinet must be conducted in Arabic, you will need Arabic translators to assist with communications and procedures.
To avoid the inconvenience and complexities of navigating UAE labor laws, consider partnering with Acumen International. Our EOR solution in the UAE paves the way for your business success by hiring and onboarding employees on your behalf. We take care of all the HR details, including payroll, taxes, benefits and more, so you can focus on your business goals.
Employ your Selected Workforce with Acumen’s Employer of Record / EOR in the UAE
As an Employer of Record services provider, Acumen International cultivates the most advantageous conditions to help your business break into the UAE market. Our global employment services include legal engagement of top local talent on your behalf, compensation of your workforce with competitive wages, and provision of perks and benefits that retain them as loyal employees.
Acumen International’s EOR in the UAE helps both employers and service companies who represent international clients to hire and compensate local employees in the UAE. We offer professional assistance to meet our clients’ global employment needs, such as:
- Global talent acquisition and retention
- Help with global expansion, so you can quickly enter new global markets without legal and HR compliance risks
- Provision of local support for our international clients and their expat employees
Legally Onboard and Payroll Employees in the UAE with Acumen’s Global Employment Solution
Acumen’s Global Employment Solution for engaging and payrolling your remote workforce in the UAE is designed to help international companies like yours to hire and compensate your local and expat workforce.
Our UAE EOR ensures that you remain compliant with all legal and procedural requirements, to minimize risks and mitigate losses.
In addition to legally onboarding local citizens, we help to organize work permits and sponsor business visas for your expatriate team via our Employer of Record solution, and employ them on your behalf, once legal permissions have been attained.
With Acumen, you can rest assured that all legal requirements are met for compliant hiring and compensating of your local and expatriate employees in the UAE, and in 190 countries worldwide where we serve our international clients.
Acumen International strives to build relationships with our clients based on trust, professionalism, and long-term collaboration. Our goal is to help your company operate effectively and efficiently in global markets, so you can grow your business with minimal risks and obstacles.