GCC Roundup: Important Employment and Immigration Developments Across the GCC

    View Author July 2019

    There have been a number of important employment and immigration developments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in recent months. In this article, we provide a snapshot of the following key changes and outline their potential impact on employers operating in the GCC:

    • The shift toward longer term and permanent residence programs
    • The new DIFC Employment Law
    • The plan to replace the end of service gratuity payment with an employee workplace savings scheme in the DIFC
    • Changes to Emiratisation requirements in the UAE
    • The continuation of Oman’s strict Omanisation policy
    • The introduction of the new data protection law in Bahrain and the proposal to introduce a wage protection system in Bahrain