Friday, January 16, 2015

The Difference Between "Limited" And "Unlimited Contract" In The UAE Law.

Disclamer: Please be advised that the article below is based on my experience and may vary depending on the situation. It is always best to contact your HR Department, Ministry of Labour (MOL), or Freezone Authorities depending on your employment status. The information below is an account of a person's experience in the company she is working for. This ONLY serves as a GUIDE for awareness and not to be used as a reference in legal cases.

I’ve been pretty much burnt out at work lately. I got up early, went home late, skipped lunch, it was really incredibly BUSY and the worst thing is that you've got to have to deal with difficult people every single day. Sometimes, I just felt like I'm gonna quit too soon. I don't get any excitement feeling to come to work anymore these days and feeling lame to do the same routine. On top of that, I don't have time to visit my little corner in the web and writes a blog. I've actually love the nature of my job but lately the workload is overflowing. Seriously, I don't do magic, I'm not even a superwoman. Trust me working abroad was never been easy. And just because I play a big responsibility in the family who needs me back home, I was really tempted to look for something else probably better opportunity and this was the time I found out that I can get an automatic ban if I decided to leave the company before my contract ends.

So what is the difference between Limited and Unlimited Contract in the UAE Law?


  • You are tied to the company for 2 years. If you resign before the contract expires, you will have an AUTOMATIC labor ban by UAE for 6 months.
  • Also, your employer can ban you up to 6 months.
  • You cannot transfer to other companies within your contract.

So basically, you are stuck to your employer. The only option for you to get out (if you want to resign) is to find a job within FREEZONE Company or work in a GOVERNMENT-owned Sector as these are exempted from any UAE Law Ban.


  • You are tied to the company for 2 years. If you resign you will have an AUTOMATIC labor ban by UAE for 6 months.
  • Also, your employer can ban you up to 6 months.
  • You can transfer to any other companies SO LONG AS your salary is at least 5000 Dirhams (if you’re a High School Diploma holder), but if you’re holding a “Bachelor’s Degree Diploma” you have to get a salary at least 12000 Dirhams. (I know it’s a bit agonising). This means that you can transfer if there is a better offer/opportunity elsewhere. And you can still go to a FREEZONE Company or work in a GOVERNMENT-owned Business. The difference between the two is not that much. 

So the only option for me (in case I switch job) and in order to lift my ban is to search for a FREEZONE Companies or Government-owned. Or any company will do so long as the salary package is at least (12000 Dirhams) bracket since I'm a Degree holder. But I don't wanna rush things and will not take a risk! I am still thankful that I got a decent job as I can read other people's blog and to some who has difficulty in getting a job in the UAE.

Meanwhile, I just gotta need to learn to have longer patience and a matter of perseverance as what every Filipino's tells me when I share my story. Include it with “Be thankful and be kind always".

For UAE Labor Law inquiries, call toll free 800-655

Thursday, January 15, 2015

One Sunny Afternoon At The Creek Park

I’ve been incredibly busy each day, I feel like I get to work, and the next thing I know, it is time to get home and go to bed and the next morning you have to get up for work again, it’s a never-ending cycle. But lately, days feel like a blur. I haven't even had time to put up any blog entries anymore. It has been a few weeks since the last one. It feels like it has been a very long time since the last time I wrote. I missed blogging!

Welcome 2015!!!
I haven’t got much story to tell yet but last weekend we had a small picnic party at the park. The weather is simply awesome and the best place to enjoy the cool spell is the enormous park in the UAE, The Dubai Creek Park. One such day when the weather was just perfect, a special moment and a whole fleet of beautiful white seagulls made it all more memorable. It was a beautiful sight to watch these white winged creatures fly with the wind and then dip down gracefully to pick up the morsels from the blue waters.

Cutting through the heart of Dubai, the seawater Dubai Creek winds its way from the trading port on the Gulf to the Ras al Khor bird sanctuary on the desert edge of Dubai. Old-fashioned boats called dhows criss-cross the water from Bur Dubai on the left bank to Deira. Catch a water taxi dhow, called an Abra, to get from A to B, or sign up for a romantic sunset Dhow Cruise traveling further upstream. A cruise reveals the glittering high-rise buildings lining the Creek, passing under several bridges to reach the Creek side gardens. Or take a stroll along the paved promenade lining the Creek on the side of the waterway. An ordinary day with an awesome and relaxing scenery made my weekend even more special and complete.

So I guess I just need to sit-back and relax,
Enjoy the rest of the weekend folks.
Carpe Deim! 

Dubai Creek, Al Maktoum & Al Garhoud Bridge, Bur Dubai - Al Riyadh St - Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel No: +971-4-800900 / +971 4 336 7633
Entrance Fee: 5dhs. 
Opening Hours: 8am-11pm