5.6.3 Does your university as a body have a maternity and paternity policies that support women’s participation?

  • Normal leave application procedure will apply for each category of Special leave

Maternity Leave

  • Maternity leave entitlement for female employeesis for 45 calendar days at full salary for each new born child.

  • Any periods of absence due to illness before and after maternity leave confinement will be considered as periods of sick leave.

  • Other maternity privileges shall be applicable as per the UAE legislation Paternity Leave

  • Paternity leave entitlement for male employees is for 3 days at full salary for each new born child per anniversary year.

Maternity Policy

Maternity leave or maternity leave is one of the fundamental rights of women, and an important pillar of the UN childcare recommendations, and interest varies from country to country.

Provisions of maternity leave

A working woman is entitled to a maternity leave of 45 day's including the time before and after delivery. If the woman has completed one year of continuous employment for the same employer, she is entitled to full pay during maternity leave; otherwise, she is entitled to half pay.

In addition, after delivery, the woman is entitled to two additional breaks each day, with each break not exceeding half an hour for nursing her child. The woman is entitled to such breaks for 18 months following the date of delivery and is entitled to full pay.

Updated on 31 Aug 2020


Female employees in a permanent position in the federal government are entitled to 90 days’ maternity leave and male employees are entitled to 3 days’ paternity leave. Leaves vary for the employees of local governments.

Maternity leave in the Federal government

As per Article 53 of Federal Decree Law No.11 for the year 2008 on Human Resources in the Federal Government as amended by Federal Decree Law No. 9 for the year 2011, and Federal Decree Law No. 17 for 2016 (PDF, 300 KB), as amended, a female employee in a permanent position shall be granted maternity leave of three months with full salary.

After that, for 4 months from the date of the employee resuming work, she is entitled to 2 hours' reduced working hours to nurse her child either at the beginning or at the end of the working hours. Such breaks are fully paid for.

Maternity leave may not be combined with leave without pay.

As per Article 54 of the same law, a male employee who gets a child is entitled to paid paternity leave for three days during the month of the delivery if the delivery happens in the UAE.


Maternity leave in Abu Dhabi

Females are entitled to three months of fully-paid maternity leave. After the female employee resumes, she is entitled to two hours of daily leave for the first year after delivery to nurse her child.

Males are entitled to three days' paternity leave.


Maternity leave in Dubai Government

Maternity leave in Dubai Government is regulated by Decree No. 14 of 2017 Concerning Maternity, Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Childcare Leave for Female Employees of the Government of Dubai (PDF, 581 KB).

The decree grants female employee 90 days of maternity leave starting from the delivery date. She may also apply for her maternity leave up to 30 days prior to the expected date of delivery.

Annual leave and unpaid leave can be added to the maternity leave taking the maximum total number of days to 120.

After resuming work and for one year from the date of the baby’s birth, the mother is entitled to 2 hours' reduced working hours to nurse her child, either at the beginning or at the end of the working hours. There is no nursing break for women during the month of Ramadan.

Where a female employee gives birth to a baby with special needs, she will be granted childcare leave for the period from the expiry date of the maternity leave to the date on which her baby completes one 1 year of age.

According to Dubai Government Human Resources Management Law No. 8 of 2018 (PDF 9.52 MB), males are entitled to 3 days of fully paid paternity leave, to be taken within one month of the birth of the child.

Dubai Government Maternity Guidelines

Dubai Government Human Resources Department issued the maternity guidelines (PDF, 150 KB, Arabic) for employees of Dubai Government. The guidelines include medical tips for pregnant employees as well as information related to their rights and duties as provided by Decree No. 14 of 2017 on Maternity, Miscarriage/Stillbirth, and Childcare Leave for Female Employees of the Government of Dubai.