Paternity leave for private sector employees announced in UAE
The UAE is the first Arab country to roll out this leave.
Fathers in the UAE working in the private sector can now avail of a five-day paternity leave, it was announced on Sunday. A decree stipulating this was issued by the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The leave can be availed from the time of birth of the baby till he/she is six months old.
The decree, which has made the UAE the first Arab country to grant private sector employees paternity leave, aims to strengthen the country’s leadership, reinforce its competitiveness in the area of gender balance, achieve family stability and cohesion, and encourage young people to work in the private sector, as paternity leave becomes one of the advantages offered by the private sector.