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.

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