Many staff in the Emirates hire maids to help with the running of their households and to help with looking after their children. Many maids positions are advertised in the supermarkets in Dubai by expats leaving. This has become a grey area with the introduction of new "transfer laws" between sponsors. Maids are not allowed to be transferred as I read these laws and must be sent home by their present sponsor. You can then bring her into the country as a new sponsor I think.
See the page on Childcare also.
In Dubai a full time maid sponsored by you will cost approximately Dhs 5200 per year payable to the Government and medical agencies and between Dhs1000 and Dhs 2500 per month. You will also pay an airfare home every two years. These maids usually come from India, Sri Lanka or the Philippines. They usually live in. Most family accommodation has "servants quarters". Note: Often 2 bedroom apartments given to couples with one child do not. A contract must now be signed.
Maids are also available without sponsorship by you because they are usually, married women on their husband's sponsorship. These maids tend to work part-time and do not live in. Often because of this they are paid on an hourly basis and because of the nature of employment in the Emirates may not be around for a long time. Sometimes these couples live in the servants quarters in return for part time work for one of them whilst the other works. Again usually it is the male with the sponsored position while his wife will work part time.
Cleaning services do exist. They are privately run and bring cleaning staff to your apartment/villa as often as you are willing to pay (usually around Dhs 25/hour).
With maids, experience has shown that you get what you pay for. Go cheap and you suffer the consequences.
I should say I sponsor a maid from India and have done so for many years. In other words I have had the same maid since just after we came. She is great and wonderful with my two daughters..
Renewing your maid's visa.....
or as an alternative method
I got this from a staff member
I just went through the drama of finding a housemaid / nanny for my daughter. I thought you should know about this agency which a few DWC-ers have used with success.
(04) 258 0676
Located on Damascus Street in Al Qusais
There’s a one time fee of 2500 DHS and a monthly fee of 2200 DHS. This includes the nanny’s salary, visa, plane tickets, health card, sponsorship, everything. You go to the office, interview as many as you want, and you can bring one home the same day if you’re ready. If the maid gets sick, they will send a replacement. You pay for the first 500 DHS of clinic visits, but after that, the agency picks up the rest. They also want a refundable deposit of 5000 DHS, just in case you miss a payment. If things don’t work out between you and the maid, you can “return” her and get another for no fee. I believe they’re all Philippinas.
Cancelling a Housemaid visas
It is easy
What you need to do/have
1. Fill in the visa cancellation form at the typist. Most typist can do it
2. A photocopy of the sponsor's passport
3. One way ticket for the housemaid.
4. You can cancel the visa at Dubai Airport. Go to the check-in counter.
5. Check in and obtain the boarding pass.
6. Go to the passport control counter. There will be a police check-point. They we tell you to go to the immigration counter to have the visa cancelled. Remember the sponsor has to be there. They will do the cancellation process, and ensure that there is no problem with the visa status.
Show them sponsor's passport, cancellation form and your housemaid's passport. They will also ask for the labour card.
7. The process takes 10 mins.
8. Your x-housemaid proceeds to the passport control counter and then to the boarding gate and you proceed home.
Comments from staff
We got a maid from the Philippines and decided to sponsor her ourselves rather than look locally or for someone
part-time. As it turned out, we have been extremely lucky as she not only cleans the house and minds our kids, she also
cooks. We did consider a part-time maid, but in truth, we went with someone who we felt our kids could bond with.
We've had a full-time live in maid since 3 months before our daughter was borne. She's brilliant and takes great care of our daughter. We see her as a nanny/au pair rather than a full-time slave which is how many people see their maids here. If you want the best care for your child treat your 'maid' like a human being and don't expect her to work hours you wouldn't expect someone to work in your own country. Having a stranger living in your house can be quite difficult to get used to. Cost is 1,100 a month plus around 5,000 a year sponsorship. All in all if you're both working and your child is young it's the only realistic option.
About child care. On the daycare issue. There is no alternative that I can see to having a maid to care for my four
year old. Even though we enrolled her for school (kg1), she would be sent home at 1:30, a full two and a half hours
earlier than her older sisters. So, we would need a maid anyway. The daycares in our area (I consulted no less than
seven) did not offer hours longer than the school. Even so, the prices were about the same as the school. So why not
pay about the same and have your house cleaned in the process?
Based on my very short experience( 6 months in Dubai), I will be very keen on sponsoring a maid as soon as I return from summer break.
The main thing to remember is that you get what you pay for. If you are intending to leave your child with a relative stranger all day, this obvious statement should be considered carefully : rumours abound about how cheap you can get hired help.
When you sponsor anyone , be it a relative or a housemaid it is imperative that you keep all documentation associated with that person, especially cancellation papers because you may believe to all intents and purposes that you have cancelled but it might not reach the computer records at immigration Then they will ask for the papers and if you don't have them it causes a lot of hassle and stress. believe me I have been there! So keep all papers even if they are 5 years old!
I have been in Dubai for 18 months and have had 4 maids in that time primarily to look after my daughter.
Ladybird Nursery has afternoon sessions contact them on 9714 3441011.
This page was last updated by Leigh Butler on March 04, 2013