Officially.. the adoption of sabbatical leave for self-employment in the United Arab Emirates. In this context, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid chaired a meeting of the Council of Ministers at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi. The Council of Ministers approved sabbatical leave for self-employment and approved housing loans worth 2.4 billion dirhams for the next six months.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, "may God protect him", presided over the Cabinet meeting, which was held at Qasr Al Watan in the capital, Abu Dhabi, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Lt. General H.H. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court.
His Highness said: Today, within the Council, we decided a full-time leave for citizens working in the government who wish to run their own businesses. The leave is for a full year with half the salary while preserving his job. Our goal is to encourage our youth to take advantage of the huge commercial opportunities offered by our national economy.
Rules for granting sabbatical leave for self-employment
The Council of Ministers also approved the controls and conditions for granting a citizen employee in the federal government a “sabbatical leave for self-employment” as an accrued leave from among the leaves the employee is entitled to, based on the best international practices in this framework.
The controls and conditions approved by the Council include granting the citizen employee an exceptional leave to establish or manage any of the private projects owned by him through the head of the federal entity or his authorized representative, provided that the purpose of the leave is to establish the employee’s economic project in the private sector, manage an existing project, or participate With others to establish an economic project, the approval of the employer and the necessary licenses for his economic project are obtained from the competent authorities in the state.