Deadline passed for medical insurance
As of 31 March companies could face large fines if they have failed to ensure all workers and dependants have sufficient health insurance in place.
The Dubai Health Insurance Law came into effect in January 2014, with the legal liability for every sponsor to provide at least the Essential Benefits Plan insurance package, which ranges from between Dh550 and Dh750 a year. Workers who earn salaries below AED 4,000 can get insurance through any one of 12 DHA-approved companies providing the Essential Benefits Plan package.
All employers and sponsors could pay AED 500 for each month they fail to provide insurance for their employees, and fines will start from 1 April.
Coverage for visitors must also be provided by December 31, 2017, in line with the new resolution issued by Dubai Executive Council that stipulates requirements should include the provision of an essential health insurance plan approved by the DHA.