Air Ticket Allowance in UAE Labor law

Air Ticket Allowance in UAE

Although air ticket allowance is not a right, under certain circumstances an employee is eligible for an air ticket allowance in UAE. HR Practitioners need to know what UAE labor laws say about this issue.

Article 131 of UAE labor law provides that an employer provide expenses for repatriation of an employee to his place of origin or any other place agreed upon by both parties after the end of his contract or termination of his service.

  1. End of Contract
  2. Termination contract

End of Contract Entitlement

Upon expiry of the employment contract, and the company doesn’t have the intention to renew the contract, the company should provide an air ticket to the employee’s home country or to any other place agreed upon. The law provides that the last employer should meet the repatriation expenses.

Termination contract Entitlement

when an employer terminates an employee, the employer is required to provide a one-way air to their home country which is defined in the contract. If you get fired from a job, you are entitled to an air ticket back home.

If an employer fails to pay for repatriation expenses they can be forced to pay by way of attachment.

As a Student of CIPD in UAE, you need to be familiar with the provisions of UAE labor laws which include working hours, official leaves, and the wage protection system. Many people mistakenly believe that if you work in UAE, you’re entitled to an annual Air ticket allowance.

Annual Air ticket allowance policy UAE

Companies that provide annual air tickets do it as added facility over and above the salary they pay their employees.

Many companies have an annual leave air ticket policy although it’s not covered by UAE labor laws. Many companies pay their employees in cash together with leave salary.

A careful reading of UAE Labor laws shows there is no requirement for employers to provide an annual air ticket allowance to their employees who continue to be in service.

How much is the leave salary in UAE?

Article 75 of UAE labor law, stipulated how employers should calculate the leave salary. The leave salary is based on the period the employee has been working in that company.
An employee should receive two-day leave for every month worked if he/she has been working for more than six months but less than a year.

Employees should receive a 30-day annual leave if they have been working for the same company for more than one year.

Other benefits are given to employees in Dubai

  • Tax-free income
  • Decent salary package
  • Health insurance
  • 30 days of vacation per annum
  •  Housing allowances
  •  Schooling allowances

How much are salaries in Dubai?

The most frequent question asked by people who are moving to Dubai is how much can you expect to earn.? The salary expectations in Dubai depend on the industry you’re in.
One of the top-earning industries is Information Technology (IT). A top IT person can expect to earn between 35,000 to 70,000 Dirhams per month. Lower level IT persons earn around 5,000 to 10,000 Dirhams.

Another Great industry is HR. A top-level HR Manager will earn about 50,000 dirhams. Lower level HR person will earn about 8,000 to 10,000 dirhams.

Another popular industry in Dubai is the Property industry. A project manager will make from 50,000to 70,000 thousand. A sales executive will earn about 5,000. Sales executives make most of their money in commissions.

Another popular industry is marketing. The top Level marketing manager will make about 60,000 to 100,000 dirhams. Lower-level marketing people will earn about 10,000- 20,000 per month.

Finance is a major industry in Dubai so there is lots of money to be made in Dubai. Top-level Finance officer will make between 100,000 to 180,000 Dirhams per month. Lower lever Finance will earn about 6,000 – 10,000 Dirhams.


The labor law in Dubai requires employers to give an air ticket allowance when employees contract comes to an end and the employer has no intention of renewing the contract. An employee is also entitled to an air ticket allowance when being fired.  Many companies have an annual leave air ticket policy. Annual leave air ticket is not