All About Employing and Training Minors in the UAE

  • Publish date: Tuesday، 17 May 2022
All About Employing and Training Minors in the UAE

The UAE has strict laws when it comes to children to protect them. In addition, they empower them by providing education, good health, and other facilities, and that’s why UAE children are lucky. Are children allowed to work in the United Arab Emirates? Find out in this article all that you need to know about the employment and Training of Minors in the UAE.   

Are Children Allowed to Work in the UAE? 

Children under the age of 15 are prohibited from being employed in the UAE, while students aged 15 years and above are allowed to work and get trained at operating establishments on the condition of a written contract, and after getting juvenile work permits. 

Conditions of Employing Minors in UAE 

Youths living in the UAE between the ages of 15 - 18 years may get a permit after the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE) ensures that: 

  • A written consent from the parent or the legal guardian of the minor is provided 

  • A physical fitness certificate for the requested work is issued by the competent medical authorities 

  • Actual working hours do not exceed six hours per day and include one break or more 

  • Minors are not made to work between 7pm and 7 am. 

Note that the Labour Law forbids youth from working at night in industrial enterprises and undertaking hazardous or strenuous jobs. Working overtime or on holidays is also prohibited. 

Conditions of Training Minors in UAE 

According to the UAE resolution, any establishment may train students aged 15 years and above on the condition of a written contract. The contract must include: 

  • The areas of training 

  • Duration of the training period 

  • Weekly and other holidays 

  • The value of the bonus, if any, and any privileges granted to the trainee. 

While conditions for training students in the UAE are: 

  • Proof of the ‘student’ status 

  • A valid UAE residence visa for expatriate students 

  • A copy of Emirates ID 

  • In the case of training, a ‘no objection’ certificate from the educational institute in which the student is enrolled. 

Note that the trained or employed student, is not entitled to end-of-service gratuity and any other leaves, except as stipulated in the contract. 

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