The International HR & Payroll Company  
That Speaks Your Language 

At IRIS Global Workforce Management, we’re here to simplify Dubai (UAE) payroll and HR. As a recognized and trusted global payroll and HR specialist, including 88 in-country teams, we have the local knowledge and global expertise to ensure your overseas employees are paid on time, every time.

Understanding the intricacies of global payroll and HR in Dubai (UAE) is not always simple without the right help. As compliance is almost always a top priority for businesses, which is why we support you during a global expansion with any HR or payroll inquires. This includes differing laws, cultures and regulations, where it can feel overwhelming to stay on top of it all. Fortunately, we’re experts at navigating any challenges with payroll and HR. We offer:  

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    Dubai Payroll 

    We eliminate the complexities that many businesses face with international payroll and manage everything for you – from pay to benefits. Your growing workforce will be paid accurately, on-time, every time. 

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    Dubai HR 

    Companies entrust our HR services to support their global employees when it comes to legislation and compliance. Our HR support is here to help you thrive.

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    Emirati Employment Law Compliance

    We will help seamlessly and compliantly onboard your organization’s talent. As an in-country specialist, we can help with contracts, policies, handbooks and more.

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    Global Payments Services

    We provide compliant, global payment services for all kinds of businesses. We make your cross-border transfers cost-effective.  

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    Location Data

    United Arab Emirates FlagUnited Arab Emirates
    Asia (Western Asia)
    Calling Code
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates dirham (AED)
    $1 = د.إ3.67
    Main Language
    Other Business Languages
    Tax Year Start
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    Details correct at time of publication. You should not rely on these details without first seeking professional international advice.

    A trusted advisor for global expansion

    We support businesses in 135 countries worldwide to reach their expansion goals.

    Global Expansion in Dubai

    Dubai is one of the most favoured cities for business expansion into the Middle East. Not only is there a strong economy and no income tax for companies or individuals, there are also endless opportunities for growth. With a business-friendly infrastructure and high quality of life for those working and living there, Dubai is the perfect place to do business.

    However, despite Dubai’s tax advantages, you still need a payroll and HR specialist who knows the ins and outs of the laws and legislation surrounding pay and work in the UAE. A prime example being that almost all official documents, forms, laws and decrees in Dubai are in Arabic – luckily IRIS FMP can help you speak their language.

    Employer Must-Dos

    In Dubai and the UAE, the following must be submitted:

    • Accrual reports
    • Salary transfer letters
    • Travel expenses

    HR in Dubai

    What are the regular working hours in Dubai?

    In Dubai, the usual working week starts on Sunday and ends on Thursday – 8 hours daily. Friday and Saturday are seen as days of rest, though it is not unusual for people to work on Saturday.


    An employer has the rights to terminate an employee depending on a number of factors; these differ between employees hired under a limited or an unlimited contract. Employers must make sure reasons for terminations are compliant with the UAE Labour Law.

    Payroll in Dubai – Considerations & Rules

    What tax considerations are there?

    As mentioned previously, there is no income tax for companies and individuals in the UAE and this is likely to remain the case for many years to come. However, it is often assumed that Dubai is an entirely tax-free city – this is not the case. Certain businesses are subject to corporate tax, such as foreign gas or oil production companies and branches of foreign banks throughout Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Fujairah.

    Learn more about living and working in Dubai here.

    Looking for more information on International Payroll?

    Read more about international payroll and the key considerations that come along with it. Download our free guide to international payroll today.

    IRIS’s Emirati Payroll and HR Services

    Whilst there may be few tax considerations in the UAE, don’t be fooled into thinking payroll and HR processes are any less important. All employers must maintain compliance with UAE’s employment rules, travel expenses must be managed properly and of course, staff must be paid correctly on time, every time. So, whether you’re looking for payroll and HR services in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, IRIS FMP can help. Our services include:

    • Maintaining payroll information relating to all employees
    • Salary processing including OT, Bonus, Incentives etc
    • Preparation and delivery of payslips of every employee as per the desired format
    • Coordinating with the company or group HR department
    • Preparing salary transfer letters to the bank or processing salary through online payment system
    • Multi-currency salary payments
    • Preparing accrual reports
    • Calculation of EOSB
    • Employee travel expense management
    • Online leave management system
    • Wage Protection System (WPS) payments and setup assistance

    Stay Compliant – Payroll and HR Services in Dubai & the UAE

    Make sure your Emirati payroll and HR processes are in the hands of a professional. IRIS will help coordinate and manage your global payroll and HR.