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UAE Shuts Down Unlicensed Domestic Worker Recruitment Agencies

The proprietors of four UAE domestic worker recruitment businesses have been fined Dh50,000 for operating without a licence.

Four UAE domestic worker recruitment agencies have been shut down, and their owners have been fined Dh50,000 for operating without a license.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has referred the four Al Ain-based agencies to the public prosecution. The Department of Economic Development has placed ‘closure’ signs on their doors.

Temporary Accommodation Provided:

“A temporary accommodation has been provided for the domestic workers at the violating establishments,” the ministry said. The workers have agreed to be transferred to MoHRE-approved domestic worker recruitment establishments.

The agencies were caught two weeks ago during an inspection campaign conducted by the ministry in collaboration with the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security and the Department of Economic Development in the Abu Dhabi – Al Ain branch.

Crackdown on Unlicensed Agencies:

With these four, the MoHRE has penalized 45 recruitment establishments and domestic worker agencies from 2022 to date for operating without licenses.

In December last year, a federal law regulating the employment of domestic workers was implemented. 

Emiratis and expats must deal only with MoHRE-approved domestic worker recruitment agencies, which can be found on the ministry’s website.

Warning Against Unlicensed Establishments:

The ministry warned residents against dealing with unlicensed establishments, asking them to report illegal agencies via 600590000.

“The MoHRE implements joint inspection campaigns, relying on proactive monitoring, reports from members of the community, and regular visits to ensure that recruitment activity is carried out exclusively by authorized domestic worker recruitment agencies,” the MoHRE said.

Recent License Revocations:

The ministry recently revoked the licenses of two domestic worker recruitment agencies, Shamma Al Mahairi Domestic Workers Services Centre in Dubai and Al Barq Domestic Workers Services Centre LLC in Ajman, for failing to comply with rules.

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