UAE: Workers Within Essential Sectors Exempt From Remote Work Policy

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Workers within certain essential sectors are exempt from the remote work directives implemented to limit the coronavirus outbreak, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) announced today (April 3).

Offering a clarification to Ministerial Resolution No 281 of 2020 on the regulation of remote work in the private sector, which allows only 30 per cent of each company’s workers and customers onsite, the MOHRE explained that the following sectors are exempt:

  • Financial sector establishments, including banks, exchange centres and money transfer outlets
  • Companies in the food industry, including those that manufacture and distribute food
  • Establishments in the hospitality sector, including hotels, restaurants and catering companies
  • Companies and factories that produce sterilisation and cleaning materials and medical equipment, as well as those that offer cleaning services
  • Healthcare facilities, including hospital pharmacies, pharmaceutical factories, clinics and other medical services
  • Infrastructure sector companies, including those that are involved in road and bridge works, water services, sanitation resources, electricity and communication networks, building and construction sites, contracting and construction firms, engineering consultants, catering companies, energy companies (oil companies, oil refineries, power plants, gas stations, fuel sales and distribution)
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