Dubai orders 80% of private sector employees to work from home

All private sector organizations in Dubai must begin a working from home scheme for 80 percent of their employees as part of coronavirus preventative measures. (AFP)
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Updated 26 March 2020

Dubai orders 80% of private sector employees to work from home

  • All of Dubai’s government workers were ordered to start working from home
  • The UAE as a whole has reported 333 confirmed cases

DUBAI: All private sector organizations in Dubai must begin a working from home scheme for 80 percent of their employees as part of coronavirus preventative measures, the emirate’s economic department announced on Wednesday.

The directive started on March 25 and will run until April 9.Businesses exempt from the decision include pharmacies, grocery stores and supermarkets. 

 

 

 

 

All of Dubai’s government workers were ordered to start working from home on Wednesday.

Commercial properties in Dubai, with a handful of “essential exemptions,” were also ordered to close starting Wednesday until April 8.

Schools in the emirate have already been closed and students have been taking part in e-learning programs established by the government. 

The UAE as a whole has reported 333 confirmed cases of the virus, with 2 deaths and 52 recoveries.


Bahrain to pay salaries of private sector employees

Updated 4 min 59 sec ago

Bahrain to pay salaries of private sector employees

  • The service will enable employers to create an account on the website and add bank statements

DUBAI: Bahrain’s Ministry of Labor and Social Development will pay salaries of employees in the private sector from April to June, the ministry announced on Wednesday.

Labor and Social Development Minister, Jamil Humeidan said employers can take advantage of the government’s decision starting Wednesday and by registering in the General Authority for Social Insurance’s website.

The service will enable employers to create an account on the website and add bank statements.

Salary payments will be made according to what has been recorded with the General Authority for Social Insurance until the end of last February, Humaidan said.

Salaries will also be paid through savings from the unemployment insurance fund, amounting to $57.3 to cover the three months at a monthly rate exceeding $185.6 million. This will also cover Bahraini nationals working in private sector facilities that add up to 100,000 employees registered with the authority.