The UAE has recently confirmed its commitments to the United
Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to
integrate and empower and create equal opportunities for persons
with disabilities. This links to the Dubai Disability Strategy
2020, aiming to provide equal rights and services to people with
One of the key initiatives in Clyde & Co's Diversity and
Inclusion programme is the integration of people from different
backgrounds, training and abilities into the culture of the
firm. In this, we work closely with one of the firm's
charity partners, Manzil, a school for children and young adults
with special educational needs.
Manzil is one of the leading non-profit associations in the UAE
working in this important area of integrating young people with
special needs into the work place. Working with Manzil, our
firm has been able to offer work experience student placements to
Manzil students with our Dubai office Facilities team.
The already existing Dubai Law No 2 of 2014 Protecting the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities prohibits discrimination on the
basis of disability and the Dubai Community Development Authority
has been tasked to ensure and promote equal rights to education,
health and job opportunities, amongst other rights for those with
It is also worthwhile noting that within the regulatory
framework of the DIFC and in particular the DIFC Employment Law
(Law No. 4 of 2005 (as amended)) there are express provisions
against workplace discrimination on the grounds of a person's
gender, marital status, race, nationality, religion or disability
and employers must ensure that they do not breach such
As part of the Manzil work experience programme, Clyde & Co
also ran a session to educate staff on working with people with
disabilities. Dr Ayesha, the Director of Manzil, presented an
interactive session for staff to help us learn about how
organisations can work with people with disabilities and what
people with disabilities can offer to the workplace.
Manzil's employment programme is called 'PRIDE' -
people receiving independence and dignity through employment.
Through their PRIDE programme, Manzil work with a number of private
and government bodies to increase the ability of people with
special needs to gain employment and independence.
Online registration requirement: As of January 1, 2017, companies with over 1,000 staff must register with Tas'heel online. 'Tas'heel' is the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation service provider, which processes work permits.
On 20 January 2017, notice was gazetted to increase the Statutory Minimum Wage (SMW) rate to HK$34.50 per hour (up from the current HK$32.50 per hour). The new rate will come into effect on 1 May 2017.
For those fortunate enough to have accumulated bonus payments from a large bank or been made a beneficiary of their company's retirement or stock option plan, the term "vesting period" will be a familiar one.
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