Published: Jan 27, 2023

The UAE Announces an Extension of the Deadline to Transition Employees to Fixed Term Contracts

On 2 February 2022, Federal Decree Law No. 33 of 2021 as amended (the “New Labour Law”) came into force which required all employees to be transitioned across from unlimited term contracts to fixed term contracts by 1 February 2023. 

However, on 25 January 2023, the UAE government issued Ministerial Resolution No. 27 of 2023 (the “Resolution”), which extends the deadline from 1 February 2023 to 31 December 2023. This will be a welcome relief for many employers who are working around the clock to meet the original February deadline.

The Resolution will come into effect from the date of publication in the official gazette, which is yet to be confirmed.  

Any employers who have not yet completed the migration to fixed term contracts should ensure they do so in good time before the end of the year. 

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