COVID-related article in Labor Law ‘no longer effective’, says Saudi ministry

COVID-related article in Labor Law ‘no longer effective’, says Saudi ministry
The COVID-19 related article in the Labor Law was issued to improve and protect the contractual relationship between employees and employers amid the outbreak. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 14 January 2021

COVID-related article in Labor Law ‘no longer effective’, says Saudi ministry

COVID-related article in Labor Law ‘no longer effective’, says Saudi ministry
  • Article No. 41 on the COVID-19 pandemic was no longer effective

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (HRSD) announced Jan. 13, that Article No. 41 on the COVID-19 pandemic, which was introduced to the Labor Law, is no longer effective.

According to Argaam’s data, the article was introduced in April 2020 to the executive regulations of the Labor Law, in order to improve and protect the contractual relationship between employees and employers amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The article states that, in the event that the state decides to take actions or precautionary measures that would require reducing working hours, the employer shall be required to agree with the employee within six months after such actions and measures become in effect, on either of the following:

- Reducing the employee’s wage, in proportion with the number of actual working hours;

- Giving the employee a leave that will be deducted from annual leave balances;

- Giving the employees an exceptional leave, as stipulated in Article No. 116 of the Labor Law.


Saudi Arabia tops 2020 list of UAE export markets

Saudi Arabia tops 2020 list of UAE export markets
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Saudi Arabia tops 2020 list of UAE export markets

Saudi Arabia tops 2020 list of UAE export markets
  • Emirates exported to 230 countries in 2020, up from 200 in 2019

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia was the UAE’s top export market last year, with exports and re-exports from the emirates to the Kingdom amounting to 73.58 billion UAE dirhams ($20.04 billion) during the first nine months of 2020.

The latest figures from the UAE’s Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre reported that the Emirates exported to 230 countries in 2020, up from 200 in 2019.

While Saudi Arabia took the top spot as the biggest export destination for the UAE, second was Iraq with 36.5 billion dirhams followed by Switzerland (33.47 billion), India (24.78 billion), Oman (24 billion), China (22 billion), Hong Kong (20.4 billion), Kuwait (16.1 billion), the US (13.1 billion) and Italy (12.75 billion).

In total, the UAE earned 460 billion dirhams from foreign trade in the first nine months of 2020, despite the slowdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.