The UAE provides social assistance to:
- children from unknown parents.
Education for Emiratis is compulsory and free in public schools, colleges and universities. The UAE Government launched the Federal Law No. 3 of 2016 Concerning Child Rights, also known as Wadeema's Law. The law ensures safety and protection of children in the UAE.
National Program for Government Communication launched 2021 Healthy Children initiative to fight obesity among children. The UAE National Agenda aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity amongst children from 13.17 per cent (as of 2014) to 12 percent by the year 2021.
Read more about how children are empowered through services and facilities in the areas of education, health and more.
The UAE provides social assistance to citizens who have completed 60 years of age.
Ministry of Health and Prevention has launched several initiatives for the benefit of senior people. One of these initiatives is to create a database to monitor the life expectancy of older persons in the country and expand the healthcare programmes and services especially home care services.
Emiratis receive pension as stipulated under Federal Law No. 7 of 1999 for Pension and Social Security (as amended by Federal Law No. 7 of 2007).
In Dubai, Emiratis and expatriates above 60 years are entitled to discounts on public transport. Emiratis who are both, above 60 years and disabled, are entitled to park free in public areas.
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The determined ones (people with special needs)
The UAE provides social assistance to the determined ones as stipulated under Federal Law No. 2 of 2001.
Article 2 of the Federal Law No. 29 of 2006 Concerning the Rights of People with Special Needs provides: A person's special needs shall not be a reason to deprive him/her of their rights and services especially in welfare as well as social, economic, health, educational, professional, cultural and leisure services.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention issues Disability assessment report and accredits medical reports of people with special needs.
The government of the UAE strongly supports education and learning services for students with special needs. In November 2006, the UAE signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Optional Protocol.
Emiratis with special needs have the right to work. The UAE provides for equal and fair employment opportunities for Emiratis with special needs. The federal law stipulates that UAE nationals with special needs have the right to work and occupy public positions.
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The UAE Government attaches great importance to the role of youth and their empowerment in order to enable them to shoulder responsibilities, innovate and contribute to the welfare of the UAE's community.
The UAE Government seeks to strengthen its firm values within its youth community and boost their sense of patriotism and devotion to the country. The UAE is strongly committed to embrace a moderate and tolerant society, in which extremism has no place or future. Read about tolerance in the UAE.
That is why, in February 2016, when Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai was restructuring the Government, he called for the UAE’s youth to be nominated for the post of Minister of State for Youth Affairs. Eventually, the then 22-year old Shamma bint Sohail Faris Al Mazrui was appointed as the Minister of State for Youth Affairs.
The new Government (restructured in February 2016) includes eight new ministers, five of whom are women. The average age of the new ministers in the restructured Cabinet is only 38 years, with the youngest Minister Shamma bint Sohail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs being only 22 years old. Further, the youngest member of Federal National Council of 2015 was 31-year old Saeed Saleh Mezar Saeed Al Rumaithi from Abu Dhabi.
Read more about how the youth are empowered through services, initiatives and facilities in the areas of political involvement and employment.
The UAE has ratified major International Labour Organization's conventions related to the rights of workers and has adopted numerous laws to protect workers' rights especially in the areas of recruitment, pay, housing and health.
Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) launches many awareness campaigns to educate labourers about their rights. One of these campaigns was initiated under the slogan 'Know your rights'.
If an employee has a complaint or a query, he can call MoHRE's 24-hour toll-free number 800-66473. The UAE has established offices in courts to provide legal support to workers in labour disputes and labour care units have been established across the UAE to provide protection for workers and raise awareness of their rights.
The UAE has introduced a new standard employment contract and requested the employers to abide by fully. This contract is mandatory to finalise the employment procedures and it applies to workers coming from outside and those residing in the UAE, as well.
Further, the UAE Government launched new laws that enable workers to move freely between employers. It also reevaluated every aspect of working in the country from recruitment to housing. Reforms are made to ensure that all workers are treated respectfully and able to report instances of maltreatment easily.
The UAE has implemented a number of measures to provide protection and assistance specifically to domestic workers. Some of the measures include:
- a standard form of contract that specifies the rights and obligations of each party
- flexibility for domestic workers to change employers
- awareness-raising initiatives to inform domestic workers of their rights.
Read more about how the UAE provides a fair job market and protects labour rights.
In September 2017, H. H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE approved Federal Law No. 10 of 2017 on support service workers. The law, also known as Domestic Labour Law offers protection to workers. Read more.
According to Federal Law No. 2 of 2001, monthly assistance is provided to:
- Children from unknown parents
- Medically unfit persons
- Married students
- Families of prisoners
- Financially unfit
- Abandoned women
- UAE national females married to expatriate husbands who cannot earn a living for reasons beyond their control.
The UAE provides high-quality education and plenty of job opportunities in the knowledge-driven economy of the UAE. It undertakes many efforts to maintain the standard of high-quality education and provide a fair job market. It ensures that citizens and residents are capable of earning a decent livelihood and enjoy quality life in the UAE.
Providing cohesive society and preserved identity is one of the six pillars of the UAE National Agenda. The UAE aims to promote an inclusive environment that integrates all segments of society while preserving the UAE's unique culture, heritage and traditions and reinforces social and family cohesion.
Read more about how the UAE reduces poverty through education, jobs, social support and financing businesses.
Read the UN's 2030 Agenda for more information on how the UAE supports and cares for its society.
Updated on 27 Dec 2017