Youth Employment

Understand the laws affecting teenagers working in Dubai...

Foreign teenagers may find Dubai a very different environment from Europe and North America in terms of looking for part-time and holiday work. As a starting point they must have a labour card issued by the Ministry of Labour (MOL). Labour Law is administered by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. It governs most aspects of employer/employee relations, such as hours of work, leave, termination rights, medical benefits and repatriation.

  • Details of the employment regulations can be found on the Dubai Tourism website: Click here

  • Comprehensive information on the Labour Law in the UAE: Click here (PDF)

A model form of labour contract is available in Arabic and widely used: however, other forms of contract can be used if they comply with the Labour Law.

Children under 15 years of age are not allowed to work. Children over the age of 15 must provide documentary evidence of their age and must have parental permission. Their hours of work are restricted (no work between 20:00 and 06:00) and they may not undertake any work which could be detrimental to their health.

Children may not work for more than six hours a day and cannot be required to work overtime. Friday is the weekly day of rest.