United Arab Emirates Benefits

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 employees.


  • 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

Employees accrue 20 days of annual leave in the first year. Your accrual increases to 25 days per year on your first anniversary at thoughtbot.

Sick Time

Employees accrue 10 days of sick time per year. Sick time is to take care of yourself or a loved one.

Parental Leave*

You 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 parental leave. thoughtbot provides 6 weeks paid time off for all new parents.

You may use available sick days or vacation days after the 6 weeks of parental leave paid by thoughtbot. After exhausting paid options, you may take unpaid parental leave for the remainder of the 6 months.

Birthing parents receive 12 weeks paid leave at 100% salary. Non-birthing parents receive 6 weeks paid leave at 100% salary.

Bereavement Leave

Employees may take up to 5 paid days off for the death of someone close. We understand the deep impact that death can have on an individual or a family, so 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. Payments are made in equal monthly installments on or before the last working day of each month, payable in arrears. All bonuses, stipends, and reimbursements are added to the monthly payments.