UAE-Thailand meeting discusses ways to improve Thai labor recruitment

DUBAI – The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE) has held a virtual UAE-Thailand meeting to discuss Thai labor recruitment opportunities and clarify legal procedures.

Khalil Al Khoori, Acting Undersecretary for Human Resources Affairs; Aisha Belharfia, Deputy Undersecretary for Labor Affairs; Abdulla Al Nuaimi, Deputy Undersecretary for Domestic Workers Affairs; Shayma Al Awadhi, Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Communications and International Relations; Viruj Chitty Kasatian, Director General of the Department of Employment at the Ministry of Labor of Thailand, and several officials from both sides as well as representatives from various recruitment agencies in the UAE and Thailand attended the virtual meeting.

Khalil Al Khoori highlighted the competitiveness, flexibility and attractiveness of the UAE working environment, noting that the country topped the Middle East and North Africa region in the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2022 for the sixth consecutive year, and maintained its 12th place in the world. The UAE was also ranked first in the world for the absence of labor disputes, he added.

“The UAE is an attractive destination for Thai workers because of the policies and legislative infrastructure that guarantee the rights of employees and employers,” he said.

During the meeting, both sides stressed their mutual keenness to expand collaboration, aimed at boosting the entry of Thai workers into the UAE labor market and serving the bilateral interests of both nations.

The agenda of the meeting focused on presenting the activities of recruitment agencies, their license conditions, types of work permits in the UAE, including the permit to bring in a worker from abroad. She also highlighted the regulation of the contractual relationship with employers, the speed of litigation procedures and the protection of workers’ rights.

The meeting also discussed the duties and responsibilities of all parties, including recruitment agencies, workers and government entities. The meeting ended with an open discussion where participants’ questions were answered.

Michael A. Bynum