On 18th Jan, 2017 Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council announced and confirmed that the maternity leave for all Dubai Government employees will increase from the current approved 60 days of leaves to 3 months and the same will be effective from 1st March, 2017.
Under this new rule the all new mothers can now avail 3 months of paid maternity leave and can further extend their maternity leaves by 100 days. The extended 100 days of leaves can be availed either by utilising their annual leaves or going on a loss of pay for the given duration.
It just does not stop at that; the new legislation also allows the new mothers a 2-hour break for breastfeeding which was originally 1 hour break. And this is allowed to the new mothers until their baby turns 1 year old.
Under this new legislation there are two other special clauses:
• Providing sick leave for cases of miscarriage or abortion.
• Mothers of children with special needs will be entitled to special care paid leave.
The goal set by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, is for the UAE to become one of the world’s top 25 countries for gender equality by 2021. And extending paid maternity leaves is just one of the many steps taken by the government to fulfil this goal.