All household service workers (HSWs) will now be required to secure a good conduct certificate before entering the UAE.
The new rule was announced by a top official from the labor department during a virtual session of the Federal National Council.
Maids and nannies coming from Kenya are now required to get the certificate. According to resources, it will be extended to domestic workers of other nationalities.
The certificate must be obtained from their home countries.
“A decision was issued from the Cabinet in this regard, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is coordinating its application with the concerned parties,” Nasser Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratization said.
FNC member Kifah Al Zaabi cited a number of crimes committed by foreign domestic workers due to psychological issues or criminal background.
All housemaids will also be screened for mental health before getting a job in the host country.
Below is the list under the HSWs category:
-Parking valet workers
-Household horse groomer
-Household falcon caretaker & trainer
-Private agriculture engineer