Absconding, also known as “runaway,” “skipping work,” or “leaving without notice,” is a significant concern in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This issue refers to the act of an employee fleeing their job without informing their employer or seeking proper clearance. In accordance with Article 28(1) of the Cabinet Resolution No., an employer may file an absconding complaint with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (the ‘MOHRE’) if an employee is absent from work continuously for seven days without formally informing the employer. Absconding is considered a violation of labor laws in the UAE and can have severe consequences for both the absconding individual and their employer.
The UAE has experienced rapid economic growth over the years, attracting millions of expatriate workers from around the world seeking better job opportunities. The country’s economic success relies heavily on its foreign workforce, making the labor market diverse and dynamic. However, this also means there are individuals who might resort to absconding due to personal reasons, such as dissatisfaction with working conditions, financial troubles, or contractual disputes.