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Under the new policies, Emirati and non-Emiratis who live in Abu Dhabi are entitled to full housing allowance and rent stipend in line with their job grades. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News Archives

Abu Dhabi: The Department of Government Support has released housing policies for employees of Abu Dhabi government entities and companies that provide housing options to employees while strengthening family ties and building communities.

For the first time, expatriate employees who own a residential property in Abu Dhabi will receive the same annual housing stipend that they would have been entitled to had they taken that accommodation on rent. Expat government employees renting a property in Abu Dhabi will be entitled to an annual housing rent stipend in line with their job grade, paid directly to the landlord.

The policies have been developed by the Human Resources Authority (HRA) based on benchmarks and studies it has conducted. HRA will organise workshops for government entities and will respond to all inquiries related to the regulation to ensure efficient and effective implementation. It aims to achieve development aspirations, while empowering human capital in Abu Dhabi Government by increasing the level of job satisfaction and happiness.

Under the new policies, Emiratis and non-Emiratis who live in Abu Dhabi are entitled to full housing allowance and rent stipend in line with their job grade, including non-Emirati employees who own property in the emirate, the Abu Dhabi Media Office announced on behalf of the department.

Eligible employees will also receive an education allowance, as defined by the employing entity’s human resources policies, for children who attend schools within the emirate.

Employees will have one year to update their status in relation to all of the policies.

In essence, the decision is aimed at having government employees live within the emirate if they want to avail the benefits of housing and education allowances. It follows a similar decision issued in 2012, which limited the availability of housing allowance only to those Abu Dhabi government workers who lived within the emirate.

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