1. Jim B

    Good information. Thank you for posting this. Do you know if the process the same for maids of all nationalities? Our maid is from Indonesia and her holiday is coming up in September.

    • Hi Jim. I don’t think this procedure is the sane for all maids. I rhink it’s specific to maids from the Philippines that are traveling back home for holiday.

      Probably best to check with the Indonesian Embassy or Consulate General about any procedures she needs to go through.

      Thanks for commenting on my blog.

  2. Sadia's Mum

    Is it mandatory for the holiday to be taken in 1 month or is it possible to schedule so that it is 2 weeks at a time? I would prefer for our housemaid to take her holiday at the same time as we take ours. Which is twice in a year. Is this possible?

    • Hi Sadia, I haven’t looked at my maid’s employment contract recently but from my memory (which isn’t the best!) it only says 1 month. It doesn’t stipulate that it must be consecutive weeks, however it’s implied since you are flying them home for their vacation.

      I have heard of the following scenarios happening:
      – You and your maid agree to splitting up the vacation time.
      – You told the maid before employing her that this would be the way vacation time would be split if she came to work for you.
      – You tell her that’s the way it’s going to be and as the employer you are in your right to approve or disapprove when she takes her holiday.

      These are all standard practices in Dubai, now whether they are legal or not…I don’t see why not. But I’m not an attorney or expert in UAE immigration law.
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  3. MG

    Really useful info, thanks a lot for sharing!
    By any chance, can you tell me where can I find a copy of the standard contract?

    • Hi MG – Thanks for reading!

      The standard contract for maids is given to you by immigration (DNRD) when you apply for the visa. I don’t think there is a copy available to download anywhere.

      If there is something specific you want to know about the contract, I’d be happy to reference our contract and answer any questions you have.
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    • Hi Anne, thank you for the sweet comment. I sincerely hope this post helps others in planning their maid’s vacation. Maids/nannies…they all work so hard, they certainly deserve the month-long vacation!

    • Hi Sharon, I’m not sure what you mean by that? If you mean do you have to tell your maid what her salary would be, then yes, you do. It is written into the employment agreement that both of you sign and give to the DNRD as part of the visa process.

      She has a right to know…there’s not a job in the world that someone signs up for and they don’t know how much they are being paid…right?

  4. Hi there,

    Quick clarification (if you have the answer). My friend’s Filipina helper had an aunt working in Malaysia and she wanted to visit them during her annual leave this time.

    As we are also going back to malaysia for holiday, my friend had asked us if her helper can tag along with us.

    Since she is not going back to Phillipine, what paperworks she need to exit Abu Dhabi? And can we, who is not her sponsor bring her along with us for 1 week to Malaysia? We know that Filipinos do not require visa to enter Malaysia.

    Thank you.

  5. Gill

    Great blog in the mine field that is trying to sort out paperwork for our nanny. I was hoping you might be able to help with information on how to get the employment contract verified a the polo owwa? Our nanny came here on a visit visa and and didn’t get her exit stamp here. It looks like they are not letting her do it in the Philippines because they want her employment contract verified here. We just don’t know if we will be able to do it on her behalf.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  6. Hi Gill, I’m not sure I exactly understand your situation, but I’ll try to answer you anyways. :)

    The employment contract is the labor contract from the UAE immigration office (DNRD). We just sent our maid back to the Philippines on vacation for the 2nd time and I used this post to remember what we needed. Everything was still the same.

    When I first hired our maid, here employment visa had expired and she was in her 30-day grace period before she needed to leave. We transferred her visa to my husband’s sponsorship and paid a fee not to have her leave the country and come back. I’m not sure if they still allow this, though it is worth asking.

    I hope this helps?
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  7. Such a detailed article covering everything. Our company hire many maids from Philippines. You have suggested some very cheap and reasonable ways to arrange there free trips. I liked your idea to deal with them with due respect.

    • Hi I am willing to apply as a maid or nanny their in dubai but i cant afford to pay the cost of the tourist visa. Can somebody help me or is it possible to have a salary deduction to an employer. I am from the Philippines.

  8. Erica

    Good day..i just want to ask is it possible for me to ask vacation from my madam? Im almost 1 yr here serving them…so far everything is going fine.. u dont have day off but its ok for me.. i just want to have a vacation in my family in Philippines.. nice to hear from you soon…thanks

    • Hi Erica,

      According to your labor contract, you are entitled to 1 month of paid vacation after completing your contract. For expat sponsors, the contract length is 1 year. I hear that for local sponsors it is 2 years (but I can’t confirm that for sure).

      The contract isn’t very specific about how the vacation is given. Which means that your employer can choose to give that to you at his/her convenience. They may choose to grant 1 month or break it up multiple vacations (for example 2 weeks during January and 2 weeks during August). Nothing is stopping you from asking them about taking your holiday. Just find a good time to approach them in a professional manner and hopefully all will work out in your favor.

      Good luck!

  9. Hi,

    Great information. Thanking you. I just had a question not related to this topic.
    I want to help my maid to do some small business for herself on the side in Dubai. Can she register a company under her name in Dubai if she is under my sponsorship?


    • Hi John, I think it’s great that you would be willing to help your maid. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough knowledge about your situation. To be honest, I don’t know if her visa category is allowed to start a business regardless of whether the visa sponsor (you) gives her an NOC to do so or not.

      It’s probably best that you contact the DED or a freezone directly. I’m sure they can help you. Although I’m no attorney and this is not legal advice, I would not allow her to do any side work because as her sponsor you could be held liable. Be very careful in this regard…please speak to the DED for clarification. Good luck!

  10. beaty

    hi i work as a house maid. its now 5months but i want to quite as a housemaid and look for something better in dubai. coz housemaid job is not easy for me since my health condition is not that when it comes to carrying and doing heavy jobs. n secondly my sponsor is a little bit very stingy i may say or she has no time n does not care about the health condition of her maid. i have severally told her to take me to hospital coz i have some health issues coz of the hot weather during the time i came to dubai. now i only have 5 months as a house maid but i want to quite after the eight month. my question is for how long is house maid supposed to work without stop or cancel the contract?

    • Hi beaty, do you have a copy of your labor contract from the immigration office? I am not an immigration expert or a lawyer, so I advise you to seek someone who is before you make any final decisions.

      In a general sense, if you quit before your contract expires, your sponsor is entitled to deport you and place an immigration ban. Since this is quite severe, I suggest that you speak to your employer in a dignified and professional manner about your options. He/she may be OK with transferring your visa to another sponsor. This way you can stay in the country legally and work for another family.

      Good luck.
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  11. popo

    I would like to ask, I work for a Chinese couple and my UAE IDs are for 1 year if the expire I’m entitled for a vacation for how long?

    • Your vacation is supposed to be for 1 month. However, the labor contract doesn’t exactly state that the holiday must be taken all at once. In my opinion, it can be interpreted in several ways.

      Some people believe it is up to your sponsors to decide whether it is convenient to them for you to take it all at once or if they want you to break it up into a couple of weeks at a time. If they choose to break it up, they are still only obligated to take care of 1 roundtrip/return flight.

      I hope that makes sense.

      Remember, this is for renewal only. If you don’t plan to renew the contract, then they only have to send you home and give you salary for 1 month.

      Again, I’m not an immigration expert and you should seek the advice of a professional. If you are Filipina, I think there is a free legal clinic based at St. Mary’s Church in Oud Metha. You could try going there to ask.
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  12. Jean

    Hi Good day
    Im just alittle bit confused with my contract and the laws here in UAE. Im working as a housemaid and i will have my 1 yr of serving the family next month… My question is WHEN I WILL HAVE MY SO CALLED ANNUAL VACATION? after finishing the contract i signed which is 2 years or can I have it this year (but i think they will not give me this yr, I just want to know my rights)… Thanks and hope you will give me some attention regarding this things..

    • Hi Jean, do you have access to your contract (it’s a green paper that is standard through the immigration department).

      On there it will provide that information. If you are on a 2 year contract then you are likely working for an agency or a local family. I have no knowledge how that works.

      I only know that for expat families, we are obligated to provide 1 month holiday at the end of a 1 year contract.

      All the best!
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      • Jean

        Hi Good day to you madam. They are expats madam and we already talked about the vacation and they will give it to me next yr I dont know why like this it stated on my contract about tha annual vacation but its ok for me since time runs fast.. I dont have access of my contract but i have a copy of agency contract which i signed in Philippines.. Thanks for giving attention madam

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