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Ms. Shaza Al Jundi
Regional Programming Services for the UAE
ILO Regional Office for the Arab States

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The ILO in the United Arab Emirates

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    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been an ILO member state since 1972 and has ratified nine ILO Conventions, including six core Conventions. The UAE hosts some eight million foreign labourers – equivalent to over 80 per cent of the country’s resident population – making it one of the largest foreign labour-receiving countries in the world. With Emirati nationals mainly employed in the public sector, foreign workers constitute the bulk of private sector employment. Following an ILO technical scoping mission to the UAE, three interlinked areas of mutual interest for collaboration were identified and a technical cooperation programme was launched in 2016 to improve labour market information systems and foreign labour governance. More on the UAE

With ILO Support the UAE:

  1. Domestic Workers

    • Established an Undersecretary for Domestic Workers’ Affairs at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
    • Adopted a Domestic Workers Law on legal working conditions for domestic worker.

  2. International Labour Standards

    • Developed a national labour inspection policy.
    • Drafted a national occupational safety and health policy.

  3. Labour Migration

    • Developed three interrelated decrees on contract switching, termination and labour force mobility.
    • Created a labour inspection coordination department to target high risk employment and bolster migrant worker protection.


  1. Ways forward in recruitment of low-­skilled migrant workers in the Asia-­Arab states corridor

    This White Paper serves to further stimulate policy dialogue for fair migration in the countries of origin and destination in Asia the Arab States corridor