After 30 years, UAE to sack all private maid-hiring agencies in March

After 30 years, UAE to sack all private maid-hiring agencies in March

- Private agencies still operating in the UAE risk shut down as the country is set to go tough on them

- Minister of Human resources and Emiratisation said these private agencies do not protect the rights of the maids or employers

- Tadbeer centres, a government-owned recruitment organisation is expected to take over the employment of domestic workers

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Maid-hiring agencies operating in the United Arab Emirates and are managed by private individuals face dismissal as the government says it is no longer business as usual for them.

Come March 2021, private maid-hiring agencies still in existence in the UAE will be closed. This development, according to The National News was disclosed by the UAE Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation Nasser Al Hamli to members of the Federal National Council on Tuesday, January 19.

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He said residents and citizens would have to turn to the government-owned Tabeer centres for the hiring of domestic workers as the remaining 10 private recruitment agencies will be shut down latest by March.

UAE to clear all non-government recruitment agencies for Tadbeer centres
After 30 years, UAE to sack all private maid-hiring agencies in March Photo Credit: The National News
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“We recently had a meeting with Tadbeer centres to lower their operational costs. We will revise their fees every year to make them more competitive.”

This is as over 240 private domestic workers recruitment agencies have been sacked after 30 years of being in operation.

These private agencies have been fingered as having been responsible for bringing workers illegally into the country on working visas. These workers who are untrained for the job are sent to work as housemaids with no guarantee that they'd stay with their employing families.

According to the Deputy Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), Mr Al Rahoomi who spoke extensively on the issue, the private agencies often referred to as 'black market' did not offer protection for the rights of the maids or even the employers.

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“You can get such a guarantee with official recruitment agencies like Tadbeer. The old private recruitment offices are causing an imbalance."

Sacking the private agencies will also see a drop in the fees and charges of the Tadbeer centres and improved service delivery as the existence of the black market who offered poor services affected the operations of the Tadbeer centres.

With this on the offing, a new set of regulations that give value to and reverence for human rights are expected to be rolled out by the government.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had said it will grant the 10-year golden visa to all PhD holders, physicians, engineers in the fields of computer engineering, electronics, programming, electricity and biotechnology.

The disclosure was made on Sunday, November 15, by the vice president of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Gulf News reports.

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