June 28, 2020, 9:35 a.m.
<UAE Labour Law> Who Bears the Expenses of Repatriation of the Worker
The article 131 of UAE Labour Law says;
The employer shall, upon the termination of the contract, bear the expenses of repatriation of the worker to the location from which he is hired, or to any other location agreed upon between the parties. Should the worker, upon the termination of the contract, be employed by another employer, the latter shall be liable for the repatriation expenses of the worker upon the end of his service. Subject to the provisions of the preceding clause, should the employer not repatriate the worker and not pay the expenses of such repatriation, the competent authority shall do so at the expense of the employer. Such authority my recover such expenses by means of attachment.
Should the reason of the termination of the contract be attributable to the worker, the latter shall be repatriated at his own expense should he have the means therefore.
However, there is no provision in the labour law when an employee with unlimited contract wants to resign (one's will), who bears the expenses of repatriation, but UAE MoHRE (Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation) had said like this;
The employee isn’t eligible for an air ticket in case of resignation. the employee is only eligible for the repatriation ticket in case of termination, or contract completion (for limited contracts only). In case of the contract is unlimited, if the employee will resign there is no air ticket, but if the employer will terminate the contract, the employee would be eligible for the air ticket in case the employee would like to return back to the home country.