Dubai Knowledge Village, a member of TECOM Investments, held a  panel discussion titled ‘UAE Labour Law Regulations – Changes & Impact’ which addressed recent changes to the employment regulations.

The panel dicussion aimed to address some of the issues that have emerged in the last few years as a result of the global economic crisis, and was held as part of the DKV Breakfast Club, a regular networking event for decision makers, the session was moderated by Eithne Treanor, CNBC Special Correspondent.

Some of the key issues discussed at the event included Emiratisation, labour laws and entrepreneurship, as well as new regulation policies for change of jobs.

In addition to Kantaria, other speakers including Mana Al Zarooni, Director, Investor Relations and Government Services Operations, TECOM Investments, and Nuria Gonzalez-Martin, Human Resources Director, RealHR Consultancy and Recruitment, took the podium at the event.

Kantaria said: “Although changes to the labour regulations are meant to tackle some of the issues that are the result of the global economic crisis, only time will tell whether the impact of the changes bring about the intended effect. What, therefore, remains to be seen is whether this is a beginning or an end to the reforms.”

Addressing the issue of waiving the six-month ban for employees if proven that the company has in fact behaved poorly or against the law, Mana Al Zarooni said: “It is a very good move initiated by the Ministry of Labour to curb violations and ensure the effective utilization of existing manpower.

“However, the Ministry of Interior has already implemented the said rule within the free zones for quite a while.  Therefore, within free zones none of the ‘employers’ can apply any sort of ban at the time of cancelling the employment visa of sponsored employees, unless in the case of serious criminal offense.”


Mana Al Zarooni, Director, Investor Relations and Government Services Operations, TECOM Investments; Eithne Treanor, CNBC Special Correspondent; Samir Kantaria, Partner, Head of Employment, Al Tamimi & Company, and Nuria Gonzalez-Martin, Human Resources Director, RealHR Consultancy and Recruitment, during a panel discussion

Nuria Gonzalez-Martin said: “The changes in labour law are improving the work relationship for the benefit of both the employers and employees. This new framework will attract key staff to the region, raising the level of professionalism, skill base and competitiveness of the market while consequently improving business throughout the region and making Dubai an even more exciting and enriching place to be.”

The periodically organised DKV Breakfast Club events focus on solving and discussing business-related issues in the context of global best practices to help companies run more efficient operations. The participation of an increasing number of decision makers, government officials and HR professionals serve as a testimony to the success of the DKV Breakfast Club initiative.

Established in 2003, Dubai Knowledge Village is home to over 450 professional centres specialized in HR development, professional testing, as well as management training and consultancy services.'

Michael Byrne

Before joining SME Advisor as an Assistant Editor in 2010 I obtained a Bachelors Civil Law Degree (Hons) from the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, in 2005. I worked as a trainee lawyer in Dublin, Ireland, specialising in defence litigation and criminal law before obtaining a Masters in International Journalism from the University of Cardiff in 2009. At present I am the Editor of SME Advisor Middle East, which is a publication within the CPI Business Group. You can follow me on twitter: @mikey_byrne or @SMEadvisorME. Also, you can join me on Linkedin (Mike Byrne) or at (SME Advisor).