United Arab Emirates Benefits & Details

Benefits vary by country in accordance with each country’s employment laws. This page serves as an overview of benefits for the United Arab Emirates. The Employer of Record for the UAE, Globalization Partners, can provide additional details on the benefits that they administer (denoted below with *).

In addition to location-specific benefits, Shared Benefits are available to all team members.


  • New Year’s Day
  • Eid Al Fitr (3-4 days)
  • Eid Al Adha (4 days)
  • Islamic New Year (1-2 days)
  • Prophet’s Birthday (1-2 days)
  • Commemoration Day
  • UAE National Day

All holidays are determined by the Employer of Record and may vary by year.

Holidays that fall on the weekend do not normally transfer to other weekdays.

Annual leave/Vacation Time*

Team members accrue 20 days of annual leave in their first year. Any unused annual leave from the first year will be lost on the first anniversary. After the first anniversary, team members start accruing 25 days per year. Any unused annual leave accrued after the first anniversary can carryover year to year.

Sick Time*

Team members can take up to 90 days of sick leave per year. The first 15 days are fully paid, and the next 30 days are paid at 50% rate. The remaining period is unpaid. A doctor’s certificate may be required for extended leaves.

Parental Leave*

All thoughtbot team members are eligible for both paid and unpaid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child. The paid and unpaid leave can be combined for up to 6 months of total time off. In some locations, team members are eligible for more time off. thoughtbot ensures 6 weeks 100% paid parental leave for all non-birthing parents and 12 weeks 100% paid parental leave for all birthing parents. In locations with their own system for paid leave, thoughtbot’s policy runs concurrently with the local system.

Bereavement Leave

Team members may take up to 5 paid days off anytime someone close passes away. This includes pregnancy loss. We understand the deep impact that death can have on an individual or a family. If you need more than 5 days off, you can also use your accrued paid time off or unpaid time off.

Medical Insurance*

Medical Insurance is available through Oman Health Iinsurance

Payroll Cycle*

All payments are processed through Globalization Partners. All bonuses, stipends, and expense reimbursements are added to the monthly payment, which is made on or before the last working day of each month, payable in arrears. The cut off date for submitting and approving expenses is the 5th of the month.

Notice Period*

The details of your notice period can be found in your Remote contract. The standard notice period for the UAE is 30 days.