United Arab Emirates

National minimum wage in detail

There is no statutory minimum wage. However, practically speaking, employees who wish to sponsor family members for visa purposes must earn a minimum salary of AED 4,000 per month, or AED 3,000 as basic salary in addition to AED 1,000 housing allowance. For the purposes of sponsoring domestic staff, a family’s combined income must be at least AED 25,000 per month.

Note that this applies to the UAE, the Dubai International Financial Centre (‘DIFC’) and the Abu Dhabi Global Market (‘ADGM’). The DIFC and ADGM are federal financial free zones administered by the governments of Dubai and Abu Dhabi respectively, where different rules apply than those of the UAE. However, in this case, there is no difference between the various jurisdictions.

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Author: Al Tamimi & Co

Date: April 2020

Note: For specific advice on any particular issue, please consult the relevant firm. The law is stated as at March 2019.