Working in the UAE After 60: A Comprehensive Guide [2024]

Last Updated on July 9, 2024 by Vadim

Standard Retirement Age

  • Expatriate retirement age: 60 years old
  • Can work up to 65 with MOHRE approval

Options for Continuing to Work

  1. Extended Work Permit (60-65)
    • Requires MOHRE approval
    • Normal work permit process applies
    • Fees: Dh500 to Dh3,200 (varies by company category, skill level, contract type)
  2. Work Permit for 65+
    • Requires MOHRE approval
    • Fee: Dh5,000 every two years
    • Requires extensive and rare experience in specialization
    • Must be of economic importance (Minister’s approval needed)
  3. Retirement Visa
    • 5-year renewable visa
    • For residents over 55
    • Eligibility criteria: a) Invest in property worth AED 2 million, OR b) Financial savings of AED 1 million+, OR c) Active income of AED 20,000+ per month

Legal Basis

  • UAE Labour Law
  • Article 3 of Ministerial Resolution No. (52) for 1989
  • 2018 UAE Cabinet approval for retirement visa

Process for Work Permit After 60

  1. Apply through normal MOHRE channels
  2. Provide justification for hiring (rare skills, economic importance)
  3. Obtain MOHRE approval
  4. Complete medical testing
  5. Obtain Emirates ID and Labour Card
  6. Stamp residency permit on passport (within 60 days)

Dubai-Specific Retirement Visa

  • Announced for residents and visitors interested in living in UAE after 55
  • Separate requirements may apply

Key Considerations

  • Higher fees for work permits after 65
  • Need to demonstrate unique value to UAE economy
  • Retirement visa as alternative to work permit
  • Regular renewals required

This guide outlines the various pathways for individuals over 60 to continue working or residing in the UAE. Always consult with MOHRE or a legal professional for the most up-to-date information and personalized advice.

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