As citizens of the United Arab Emirates get ready to ring in the new year, they have numerous things to look forward. One of this is the lawful changes and new UAE laws that aims to improve their personal and professional lives. See below for a description of the five most significant new UAE laws that will take effect in 2023.
The Five Significant UAE Laws to Anticipate in 2023
1. Mandatory Job Insurance [Starting January 1, 2023]
From next year on, all employees will have to buy insurance against job loss. Those in the public and private sectors, as well as various branches of the federal government, are included. There are, however, a few exceptions. Self-employed investors and business owners, employees under the age of 18, domestic workers, temporary workers, minors, and retirees will be exempted.
A premium can be paid on a monthly, quarterly, semiannual, or annual basis at the employee’s discretion. Employees can also work with the insurance company to sign up for extra benefits. This scheme will be offered by the Dubai Insurance Company, which is the representative of the nine companies that make up the insurance pool.
2. Tax For Corporates
The Tax For Corporates law is one of the UAE Laws that will officially go into effect in June. Starting in 2023, a tax of 9 percent will be levied on the profits of any business that exceeds AED 3,755,000 per year. The tax, in this case, is calculated as a percentage of net income rather than a percentage of sales. Residents’ wages will be exempt from this.
In addition, non-residents are also liable for corporate tax on income sourced from the state of the United Arab Emirates if they maintain a permanent establishment in the country (I.e., from the sale of goods, provision of services, etc.) However, those with a freelance visa who earn more than the set threshold will be subject to the corporate tax. Nonetheless, any interest or dividends received or profits made on investments or savings plans, as well as any gains made due to fluctuations in the value of the currency, will be exempt.
The UAE government has mandated that all private companies with 50 or more workers must achieve a 2% Emiratisation target by January 2023. This decision was approved by the UAE Cabinet in May of this year, and it is expected to result in the annual addition of more than 12,000 new jobs for UAE nationals across all industries. Companies that fail to meet these requirements will be fined Dh6,000 per month per unemployed UAE national beginning in January 2023. Contact the Nafis help desk if you need clarification on the hiring quotas that apply to your business. The Nafis scheme is a government program designed to make Emiratis more employable and increase their access to high-quality jobs in the private sector.
4. Personal Status Law
As of February 1, 2023, all non-Muslim foreign nationals will be subject to a new personal status law. Non-Muslim foreign nationals who live in the country will be subject to the provisions unless an individual chooses to apply the law of his home country instead. The provisions of this Decree-Law are optional for non-Muslim foreigners who may agree to implement other family or personal status legislation in force in the UAE instead. The terms of marriage, as well as the contracting and documentation processes before the appropriate courts, are all addressed in the new legislation. Furthermore, it lays out the steps necessary for either spouse to initiate a divorce. It sets up the protocols for dividing assets and determining child custody arrangements following a divorce.
5. Plastic Ban
Ajman and Umm Al Quwain will ban single-use plastics from January 2023. Sales outlets must charge 25 fils extra per plastic bag shoppers use as of next year. Retailers in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah already charge 25 fils per bag to consumers to reduce the use of single-use bags and plastic in the country.
By 2023, these sweeping legislative changes and UAE laws are scheduled to take effect. Hopefully, people’s lives will be improved in both their professional and personal spheres.