A Comparison of Annual Leaves in GCC Countries

Jahid Tapadar


    Get Free Consultation

    A comparison of annual Leaves in GCC countries

    The Gulf Cooperation’s Council (GCC) is a political and economic union of Arab states bordering the Arabian Gulf. It was established in 1981 and its 6 members are the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain.

    There is no doubt regarding the significance of leaves in an employee’s life. It helps in enhancing work productivity, improves the mental health of employees and gives them time to spend with their family. Annual leaves are the most preferred form of leaves for employees, when compared to sick and casual leaves, as it extends to a longer period.

    Annual Leaves in GCC countries

    Annual leave refers to paid time off accorded to employees as a benefit during their services of employment. For every year of service, an employee is entitled to an annual Leave based on the duration of service. As per the provisions of the GCC’s Law, all citizens and expatriate working in a private sector have a privilege to apply for paid vacation for a stipulated period as mentioned in the Law.

    In accordance with articles of employment Law, each GCC country cited when an employee turns out to be eligible for paid annual leave, and for how many days he/she can apply for. The below table will guide you regarding the entitlement of annual leave.

    Entitlement of Annual Leave

    In all the GCC countries, employees shall not work for another employer during his/her annual leave. Also employees are entitled to a cash compensation of his/ her balance annual leave while leaving the company.

    For a comprehensive understanding of each country’s leave policy, please refer to our articles relating to each country.

    Payroll Process

    The process of payroll is a little complicated and time-consuming; hence it is always recommended to outsource your company’s payroll function. Outsourcing payroll will ensure the assistance of a team of trained payroll professionals and it frees up the time of the organization, helping them focus on other projects that add value to their business.

    One should be extra vigilant while selecting their payroll provider, as payroll data is highly sensitive, and one should opt for a provider that can ensure high levels of data security.

    As a leading payroll outsourcing company, HLB HAMT can help solve your payroll complexities through customized strategies. We take care of our clients’ entire payroll cycle that includes preparation of payroll reports, processing salary payment with WPS compliance, accrual management including Gratuity, pension funds, an online portal for accessing payslips, and many more. Our leadership team spends the necessary hours in every project, ensuring our clients get refined consulting services to take your business forward. HLB HAMT provides payroll in UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman.

    To know more about our payroll process, click here

    Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, HLB HAMT will not accept any liability arising out of errors or omissions. Please note that this blog is not all-inclusive. Our guidance is designed only to give general information on the issues/topics covered. It is subjected to change and not intended to be a comprehensive summary of all laws which may be applicable to your situation, treat exhaustively the subjects covered, provide legal advice, or render a legal opinion.

    Get in touch

    Whatever your question our team will point you in the right direction

    Start the conversation
    Get in touch

    Share to:

    Copy link:

    Copied to clipboard Copy