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UAE and DIFC Employment Law

10-Week Virtual Course | 25 January – 5 April 2022

Middlesex University Dubai invites legal and other professionals with an interest in employment law to attend a 10-week course on UAE and DIFC Employment law taught by distinguished legal experts in the field. Participants can also attend individual sessions. For lawyers, each session offers 2 CLPD points.

Aims of the course

This course aims to provide an understanding of the way in which employment relationships are regulated in the UAE, through an analysis of the basic elements of the UAE Labour Law and the DIFC Employment Law, which respectively govern employment relationships in the UAE and the DIFC free zone that operates in Dubai.  The course assesses the practical applications of the employment contract on the employment relationship and the practical impact of statutory rights. It also provides an understanding of the manner in which the employment relationship is formed and varied and creates awareness of how the law affects workplace rules and procedures relating to employment protection. The course encourages a critical approach to legal regulation and focuses on the unique double-jurisdictional context of Dubai allowing participants to evaluate and undertake a comparison of two employment law structures that co-exist in Dubai.


  • Types of Contracts – Work Models, Fixed term/3 year contracts - Terms express and implied 
  • Working time and Pay – Overtime, Sick pay, Ramadan hours, Leave, Holiday pay, Allowances, Benefits and Deductions and Family friendly rights
  • Discrimination, harassment in the workplace UAE and DIFC
  • Post-employment restrictions in UAE and DIFC
  • Case studies on UAE Employment Law
  • Largest Legislative Reform in the UAE and how it affects employment, New UAE Labour Law and amends to DIFC Employment Law. 
  • Disciplinary and grievance for Workplace injuries
  • Termination under UAE Federal Labour Law – Conduct, Performance, Arbitrary dismissal, summary dismissal
  • Termination under DIFC Employment Law – Notice, termination for cause Article 63
  • Case studies on DIFC Employment Law

Learning and Teaching Strategies

The course will be delivered through interactive lectures held weekly within a two-hour timetabled slot, during which participants will be provided with an interactive exploration of UAE and DIFC relevant cases. Prior to each session, students will be given preliminary directed reading and will be expected to prepare for the lectures and participate in the discussions, where appropriate.

Course Timetable

The course will start on Tuesday, 25 January 2022 and will be completed by 5 April 2022. The sessions will be delivered virtually on Tuesdays from 6.30pm-8.30pm on Microsoft Teams. 



Participants who complete the full course will be awarded a certificate of completion by Middlesex University Dubai. Lawyers can receive 2 CLPD points for each session.


The fee for the full course is AED 5000. If participants wish to attend individual sessions, the fee for each is AED 700.

Students and Alumni of Middlesex University Dubai are eligible for a discounted rate of AED 4,000 when registering for the full 10-week course.

Registration Form

Middlesex Associates FZ LLC, Dubai Knowledge Park - Blocks 4, 16, 17 & 19
Admissions +971 (0)4 3678100

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