Payroll and HR in Dubai (UAE)

Payroll and HR in Dubai (UAE)

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Business Language(s):Arabic and English
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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.

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Details correct at time of publication. You should not rely on these details without first seeking professional international advice.

Employer Must-Dos

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

  • Accrual reports
  • Salary transfer letters
  • Travel expenses

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.

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.

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IRIS FMP’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

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