UAE: Can private sector employees take study leave?

Such annual study leave law applies only to employees who have completed at least two years of service with the employer.

In the UAE, private sector employees can take 10 days annual leave with pay to sit for exams.

According to the UAE official website, such annual study leave law applies only to employees who have completed at least two years of service with the employer.

The website further states that an employee, who is studying in an accredited educational institution in the UAE, is entitled to 10 days paid leave every year to sit for examinations.

It should be noted that in addition to annual leave, private sector employees can take five days of bereavement leave in case of death of spouse and three days in case of death of parent, child, sibling, grandchild or grandparent.

In addition, female employees in the private sector can take 60 days of maternity leave. Out of this, 45 days leave will be on full pay and 15 days leave will be on half pay.

It should be noted that in addition to the maternity leave mentioned above, female employees can take an additional 45 days without pay. If women have an illness as a result of pregnancy or childbirth, and are unable to resume work, they can take additional 45 days of leave by submitting a medical certificate issued by a medical authority.

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