There is a lot of confusion about compliance of EK employment contracts with UAE Federal Labour Law.
The newest confusion can be found on the PPRUNE forum.
While I was fighting for my rights I found out that Ministry of Labour in Dubai is not responsible for EK (I went to the Ministry myself). Ministry officials sent me to General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs. When I explained to the Directorate official that I want to complain on EK for violating my contract, he just laughed and told me that “it’s a waste of time”. There is one office in that Directorate and it serves only for locals who have issues with governmental companies, but I was sent there anyway since there is no other place where you can file a complaint against EK. I never made it to file a complaint.
I have sent an e-mail to HR managers Ms. Michelle Carswell and Ms. Amanda Maxwell to answer me if EK is subject to the Federal Labour Law, and both of them sent me a direct answer: no.
You can read it here:
Seems like there is absolutely nobody to protect you in case you are harassed at work or in the case that your contract and your labour rights are violated. Actually, there are no labour rights to begin with, since EK is not the subject of any labour law.
No law, no rights.