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Can i work part time while on an employment visa in the UAE?

Since 2010, the UAE's Labour Law made provisions which allow an employee to have a part-time job along with a full-time one subject to certain conditions. The employee can work part-time after getting the work permit from MoHRE.

The fee for part-time work permit includes an application fee of AED 100 and an approval fee of AED 500.

As per Federal Decree Law No. 2 of 2007, if an expatriate is caught working for another company without an official permit, then a fine of AED 50,000 will be applied to the hiring company, in addition to other penalties in case of repeating the offence.

Emiratis, other GCC nationals and expatriate employees who are living in the UAE on a work visa, can take on a second job, upon getting a part-time work permit from MoHRE, which is valid for one year.

Part-time work permit holders are allowed to work in another company at the same time as working in the current company on a part-time basis for less than eight hours per day.

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