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No Arab maids
According to authorities, Arab nationals are not allowed to take up domestic jobs in the UAE.
October 28, 2009 9:38 by kippreport
Arabs cannot be recruited as domestic workers such as maids or drivers in the UAE, according to a circular recently issued to all residency departments in the country, reports Gulf News. “Many Arab residents and Emiratis sometimes try to recruit an Arab domestic helper which is not allowed,” Brigadier Nasser Al Awadi Al Menhali, director general of the General Naturalisation and Residency Department (GNRD), told the paper. According to him, many sponsors apply for domestic helper visas for Arab nationals, but make them work elsewhere.
“Such practices affect the job market and it also lead to illegal residents who work for somebody else other than their sponsors,” he said.
Nationals from places such as Philippines, Indonesia and certain other Asian countries could be hired for domestic work, he added.
While the government’s intention may be good, how can a person be banned from doing any particular kind of work based on his/her nationality? Isn’t it true that several workers from Asian countries also jump jobs illegally? So shouldn’t they too be banned from doing domestic jobs?
What do you think is the answer to the problem?