Annual Leave Salary & Vacation

UAE Annual Leave rules

Good Day UAE Expats, Annual leave salary in UAE is the mostly asked question by our visitors now a days, so we have decided to write few lines upon their Requests.

Please note that Annual Leave Payment based on the Basic including any housing or accommodation allowance where applicable.

All employees working in the UAE are entitled to an annual leave, which in certain cases can be cashed. If an employee is terminated or he resigns after serving the notice period determined by law, s/he is entitled to get money instead of the number of unused leaves.

According to Article (79) of the UAE Labour Law, an employee is entitled to receive cash in lieu of annual leave days not availed by him, if he was dismissed or if he left the service, after the period of notice stipulated by law.

Read: New Rules for Annual Leave in UAE
How is the payment calculated?

Cash in lieu of leave is calculated on the bases of pay received by the employee at the time of maturity of such leave.
The payment is based on the basic wage received including any housing or accommodation allowance where applicable.
Some employers can also include transportation allowance but this depends on a case-by-case and is solely the prerogative of the company.

How many years of leave can be included?

An employee may have annual leave accrued over the past years but may only claim remuneration for the annual leave not taken for the last 2 years of employment at the rate of the wages paid during that time.
Past judgments delivered on en-cashing annual leave when leaving the job highlights this.

How is annual leave calculated?

The UAE Labour Law (Article 75) states that a worker shall be entitled during every year of service an annual leave of no less than the following periods:

A: 2 days for each month should the period of service of the worker is at least 6 months and a maximum of 1 year.
B: 30 days for each year should the period of service of the worker exceed one year.

Can annual leave be part of notice period?
It may be noted that an employee shall be entitled to receive leave salary for the number of days of leave which was not availed by the employee.
This is in accordance with Article 79 of the Labour Law which states:
“A worker who is dismissed or who leaves his job after the period of notice prescribed by law shall be paid for any accrued annual leave days. Such payment shall be calculated on the basis of the worker's wage as on the date when the leave became due."


  1. Annual leave settlement (after 1 year of service)={(Basic+HRA)/30}x Accrued leave days

  2. I want to ask i have been working for a company since September 2015, my monthly salary is 5000 aed. in September 2016 i went for anual leave and my company paid me 9000 aed.then in august 2017 i went again on annual leave then my company paid me only 7000 Aed. i just avail 18 days leave and came back in September and join the company again. Then in Feb 2018 i went for umrah for 10 days and my company paid me 5500. Then they terminated me in june 2018. Now they are saying we have paid you full annual leave salary. Now they have termin. Can i claim my annual leave salary? Because they didn't pay me full leave salary.

  3. hello sir/madam.
    I have worked and completed a two year contract with a LLC without leave and my salary is 2000aed and I'm about to go home.what benefits do I deserve from this company? because they are not showing any signs like I deserve any benefit(s).

  4. Our company only give us 60% of 1 month salary after finishing a 2year contract but we cannot argue because they might terminate us if we will. (just sharing and feeling sad)

  5. Hi .. I’m working in my company running 7 years this November. I take local leave from last year sept 15 til October 20 2018.. then i take again this year September 15 til October 13.. they have given me annual leave pay based on 600 basic salary.. so it will 500plus.. plus a ticket 400plus.. i got surprised coz my salary is 2800 .. how they calculated it.?


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