After UAE President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced that 2017 is the year of giving, the Ministry of Interior launched a new initiative. The ministry has partnered with AXA Green Crescent to launch an insurance rights document for the domestic workers in the Gulf. 

 

This initiative has been launched for extending government support to individuals as well as private sector companies that sponsor domestic workers. 

 

According to reports, this new document will be different from the existing health insurance policy that is imposed by residency laws and regulations. This new document will cover various additional matters untouched by health insurance policy.

 

This document will cover issues such as transportation cost of the body of expired domestic workers, providing travel expense of for medically unfit workers, covering the cost for workers who run away from the respective sponsors, etc etc. 

 

The ministry of interior will be screening and have a selection process to determine implementation of this initiative. This document will not be mandatory for residents and nationals of UAE who are sponsoring in individuals and domestic workers. 

 

This policy will cover drivers, maids, and domestic workers who are sponsored by residents and citizens of UAE between the age group of 18 to 64 years and according to AXA Green Crescent about 10% domestic workers will be benefited by this new initiative.