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Ministry announces expansion of domestic labour supply to UAE

Supply will soon improve as the ministry is getting ready to sign bilateral agreements with a number of countries

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 Dubai: The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) announced that the supply of domestic labour to the UAE will soon improve as the ministry is getting ready to sign bilateral agreements with a number of countries.

“Soon after MOHRE became officially responsible for the administration of domestic labour, Minister Ghobash oversaw the development and implementation of a strategic plan with a view to ensure quality service to our customers and consolidate the regulation of the domestic labour sector,” said Dr. Omar Al Nuaimi, Assistant Undersecretary for Communication and International Relations at MOHRE. 

“In parallel, the ministry engaged in bilateral consultations with a number of source countries aimed at reaching agreements on the employment of their nationals in the UAE domestic labour market” he added. 

“These countries welcomed access by their nationals to employment opportunities in the UAE, particularly in view of the added protection afforded to domestic workers under the new Domestic Labour Law and the clarity of the rights and obligations under the law of all stakeholders, including private recruitment agencies”. 

A number of bilateral agreements are due to be signed in the near future.

Al Nuaimi emphasised the importance of securing multiple sources of domestic labour in order to offer UAE households a broader choice of experiences and qualifications and promote healthy competition among the Tadbeer centers that are due to begin operation in the last quarter of this year.

The latter will provide multiple services related to the recruitment and deployment of domestic workers within the framework of a public-private partnership and under direct supervision and oversight by MOHRE. 

In the meantime, these services are offered by Tasheel centers in Dubai, Ajman, Um Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaymah, and continue to be offered by existing service centers in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in coordination with the Ministry of Interior pending the launch of Tadbeer.

The classification of Domestic Workers refers to workers that are employed by households, including household help, nannies, cooks, guards, farm workers and similar occupations.