Do I have to pay social security contributions for my employees in the UAE?

In principle, an employer is only required to provide health insurance for its employees in cases where the employer is based in the Emirate of Dubai or in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Without proof of a valid health insurance, a permanent residence permit (so-called residence visa) will usually not be issued to the employee. Other social security contributions, such as contributions to pension, accident or nursing care insurances, do not exist in the United Arab Emirates currently.

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