ANNOUNCEMENT 19 Feb 2009In February 2009, the government of the United Arab Emirates announced a change to the rules for resident foreign nationals.
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Al Arabiya. (25 February 2009). Emiratis feel strains of moving to private sector. Available at http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2009/02/23/67094.html
Arabian Business. (15 February 2009). UAE considers law to ban termination of Emiratis. Available at http://www.arabianbusiness.com/546738-uae-considers-draft-law-to-ban-termination-of-emiratis
Financial Times. (19 February 2009). UAE moves to safeguard locals' jobs. Available at http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/5f55d76a-fe26-11dd-932e-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1
The Peninsula. (19 February 2009).UAE puts curbs on sacking of citizens from private sector. Available at http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=Local_News&subsection=Qatar+News&month=February2009&file=Local_News2009021965623.xml
According to numerous consisten press reports, the government of the United Arab Emirates has restricted the termination of private-sector work contracts with citizens of the U.A.E..
Private employers may thus only terminate contracts with local citizens in cases of serious misconduct and have to file an application for this dismissal with the Ministry of Labor in advance.
Targeted more directly at non-Emiratis, according to the official news agency WAN, the decree 'considers ending the service of the national as 'illegal'... if it were proven that a company is keeping a non-national doing the same job'.