Coronavirus Update for Employers in the UAE

coronavirus update for employers in the UAEAsinta’s UAE Partner, Nexus, provided this coronavirus update for employers in the UAE.

The United Arab Emirates has confirmed several cases of COVID-19.  The Ministry of Education closed all schools for four weeks beginning March 8, 2020. 

According to Nexus, global workforce managers should also know that:

  • The UAE’s Ministry of Health urged its citizens and residents to avoid travel due to the current coronavirus outbreak.
  • If a person tests positive, quarantine procedures are applicable.
  • Airport screenings for coronavirus infection are in place in Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports

Health and evacuation insurance

  • Receiving treatment for coronavirus in the UAE is free regardless of insurance.
  • All Dubai Health Authority (DHA) licensed health facilities treat coronavirus cases as emergencies.
  • Employer-sponsored coverage continues as described in policy documents. However, it is subject to change if the World Health Organization (WHO) declares COVID-19 a pandemic.
  • Health plans do not cover outpatient or consumable medical supplies (e.g. masks, gloves, hand sanitizer).
  • Evacuation costs are not covered if the if the sole purpose of the evacuation is to extract from a COVID-19 situation.

Other helpful resources


This coronavirus update for employers in the UAE is one of a series dedicated to helping global workforce managers navigate the evolving challenges brought on by COVID-19. Expect regular articles such as this from the Asinta Partnership as the global impact of the coronavirus unfolds.