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*

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

Employees may take up to 5 paid days off for the death of someone close. This includes pregnancy loss. 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. 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.