Legal review of the rights of disabled in the UAE

By: Dr. Maryam (Krystyna) Nechaeva

UAE implemented a series of steps to implement measures for people with special needs after joining world Convention by means of huge changes in the governmental sector giving more attention to these people and their future.

Governmental and local authorities created an environment for this group of citizens with a separate budget regulation of public meaning and established special departments to support and present the rights for disables people such as
– Disabilities Affairs,
– Youth and Sports Authority;
– Sharjah City for Humanitarian Service;
– Dubai Club for the Disabled

Only specific group of people is determined as disabled under Article 26 of Federal Law No.29 of 2006 Concerning the Rights of People with Special Needs such as suffering from a temporary or permanent, full or partial deficiency or infirmity in physical, sensory, mental, communicational, educational or psychological abilities to an extent that limits the possibility of performing the ordinary requirements.

The same law No.29 of 2006 provided for these people scope of rights but not limited to educational rights, right to the workplace including public sector for UAE nationals, cultural, family and sports rights ext. These rights can be easily implemented through special organizations that provide preparatory work for future candidates and students depends on professional and special skills.

In Support of the Federal law No.29 of 2006 the Ruler of Dubai, issued Law No. 2 of 2014 “To protect the rights of people of determination in the emirate of Dubai” providing high-quality medical care and social services, boost public awareness and contribute to integrating people of determination into society and reaffirm their participation in social development.

Talking about the legal rights of disabled people it’s important to classify the type of the disease and the level of capacity. Federal law No.29 of 2006 has a lack of classification and might be amended in future to include this contribution. However, according to Personal Status Law No.28 of 2005 disables person has a right to have guardian and custodian to present his rights and provide further protection. The priority is given to eliminate the guardianship of persons with disabilities and support their independence rather than limit their functioning, widen their access to basic and social services, and ensure that their voices were heard in the development of laws and policies.

In conclusion, it is grateful to observe that UAE plans to develop rules and regulation for the need of disabled people and keeps modifying legal perspectives and directions to integrate people with disabilities in the daily life and local environment. The latest initiative of the Dubai government is an overall goal to become the world’s most disabled-friendly cities, preparing new standards for buildings, parks, hospitals, infrastructure and transport by 2020.

Author: Dr. Krystyna Nechaeva

Legal Consultant, Head of the Corporate Department

Рекламная Деятельность в ОАЭ – правовые аспекты

Рекламная деятельность в Эмиратах широко используется в коммерческих целях на теле и радио эфирах, социальных сетях, интернет ресурсах, средствах массовой информации и так далее.

Законодательство Эмиратов отличается от законодательства других немусульманских стран наличием норм Шариата.

Например, реклама не должна содержать следующее:

– критику о политике, национальности и религии;
– подробности и данные о личной жизни;
– неправдивые и заведомо ложные сведения;
– протоколы правительственных встреч и судебных слушаний;
– данные, материалы и фото нарушающие общественные и моральные устои;
– распространение табачных и алкогольных изделий;
– торговля запрещенными веществами, которые воздействуют на сознание;
– данные, относящиеся к колдовству и оккультизму;
– товары здравоохранения без надлежащего разрешения;
– деятельность, связанная с азартными играми.

Первичным условием ведения рекламной деятельности является наличие лицензии о государственной регистрации юридического лица. В дальнейшем рекламодатель должен утвердить содержание рекламы на наличие запрещенной или некорректной информации.

Рекламная деятельность и реклама контролируется Министерством Информации и Культуры, Media Counsel и Департаментом по Экономической деятельности на основании Закона ОАЭ №15 «Об издательстве» от 1980 года и другими нормативно-правовыми актами в том числе Законом ОАЭ № 5 «О Киберпреступлениях» от 2012 года.

Обязанностью рекламодателя является использование правдивой информации, а также, включение в рекламу полных данных о компании и ее логотипа, использование авторизированной медиа и иной информации.

Нарушение рекламной деятельности может повлечь административную, гражданскую и уголовную ответственность. Контролирующий орган может принять решение о наложении санкций на рекламодателя в виде штрафа, удаления или блокировки рекламного объявления, приостановление и лишение лицензии.

The Law: Working Hours During Ramadan

What is Ramadan Hours?

Office work hours during the Holy month of Ramadan are different, with an average of two hours reduced from the daily job schedule, but there may be exceptions.
Under UAE Federal Labour Law, the working hours of all employees shall be reduced by two hours per day during the Holy month of Ramadan. This means that employees should only work 6 hours per day (as the statutory maximum working hours are 8 hours per day).
Ramadan hours apply to all companies in the UAE proper, whether they are based onshore or in a free zone, as well as in the DIFC.

Is it applicable for non-Muslims also?

UAE Labour Law provides that working hours should be reduced by two hours per day and does not differentiate between fasting and non-fasting employees. Therefore, it is applicable to all employees irrespective of their religion or whether they are fasting or not.

Is it a violation if employees are forced to work extra hours?

The authorities do conduct checks from time to time to ensure that companies are compliant with the Labour Law and employees are working according to Ramadan hours. If a company is found in breach of the Labour Law, the authorities (MOHRE) have the discretion to penalise such company. The penalty is in the discretion of the authorities and may be imposed on a case by case basis.
In addition, an employee who is forced to work extra hours has the right to complain to the MOHRE.

Will the salary be deducted for reduced working hours?

No, there should be no reduction in compensation as a result of a reduction in working hours. Employees should be paid at their normal rates as if they are working normal working hours.

There are different laws that govern employment issues for employees in the UAE proper, including free zones, as they are subject to UAE Federal Law. The same for employees in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), that have own labour law separate from the rest of the UAE.

The UAE Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 “The Labour Law” applies to all employees working in the UAE with a couple of exceptions, such as government employees, household servants etc.
Similarly, the DIFC Employment Law No. 4 of 2005 as amended (DIFC Employment Law) applies to employees working only within the DIFC.