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UAE grants five-day paid paternity leave

The United Arab Emirates grants paid paternity leave for the private sector, a first in the Arab world and a move widely welcomed by locals and expats.

On Sept. 1, the United Arab Emirates changed its labor laws and made a groundbreaking decision: Paternity leave for fathers was granted in the private sector. In the public sector, governmental male employees are entitled to three days of paid paternity leave.

The new amendment to the UAE Labor Law was approved by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates.

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