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I arrived at the beginning of the year (January 2) on a limited one-year contract to work with a specific company and will be returning home some time towards the end of January 2020. I'd like to get all things planned beforehand, so I have no issues leaving.

In my limited conversations and googling, I am assuming I need to:
• Close my bank account (ADCB) in-person
• Cancel my Visa (??)
• Figure Gratuity Pay amount to expect

I've rented an apartment through TheBlueGround, and I can shorten/extend my stay at any time, as they are very easy to deal with. I've been renting a car on a monthly basis, so canceling that should be no hassle as well.

My concerns arise in planning around the closing of my bank account as it relates to the timings of receiving my last month's pay, my gratuity pay and my refund for the security deposit from my apartment. My understanding is that I need a gratuity payment letter to take with me to the bank in order to close the account (??). Simply put, I am not sure how to plan the timings of my last payments from my job with the closing of my bank account in order to time my return flight home (not yet booked).

GRATUITY PAY: It is my understanding that I should receive 21 days gratuity for every one-year worked on a limited contract + fractional pay for any partial year worked thereafter, as per the Labor Law. My contract explicitly states one-year. I will be working from January 1, 2019 until January 20th (or thereabouts, as I wanted to ensure I work at least one year to coincide with the US tax year and satisfy the taxation & residency requirements, et. al.). My salary is 20,000 AED, broken-down as 15K Basic Salary, 3K Accommodation and 2K Transportation. My contract also states I'm required to work 48 hours per week, and may be increased from time-to-time, etc. I basically work 5 days a week, normal days (9am - 6pm) and sometimes more. Given all this info, what should I be expecting in terms of gratuity pay, so I don't get shafted? 21 days x 15K AED, or 21 days x 20K AED? or something else?

Also, do I need to cancel my Visa, and if so, what do I need to do?

Any other things I should be planning to deal with for my exit?

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I arrived at the beginning of the year (January 2) on a limited one-year contract to work with a specific company and will be returning home some time towards the end of January 2020. I'd like to get all things planned beforehand, so I have no issues leaving.

In my limited conversations and googling, I am assuming I need to:
• Close my bank account (ADCB) in-person
• Cancel my Visa (??)
• Figure Gratuity Pay amount to expect

I've rented an apartment through TheBlueGround, and I can shorten/extend my stay at any time, as they are very easy to deal with. I've been renting a car on a monthly basis, so canceling that should be no hassle as well.

My concerns arise in planning around the closing of my bank account as it relates to the timings of receiving my last month's pay, my gratuity pay and my refund for the security deposit from my apartment. My understanding is that I need a gratuity payment letter to take with me to the bank in order to close the account (??). Simply put, I am not sure how to plan the timings of my last payments from my job with the closing of my bank account in order to time my return flight home (not yet booked).

GRATUITY PAY: It is my understanding that I should receive 21 days gratuity for every one-year worked on a limited contract + fractional pay for any partial year worked thereafter, as per the Labor Law. My contract explicitly states one-year. I will be working from January 1, 2019 until January 20th (or thereabouts, as I wanted to ensure I work at least one year to coincide with the US tax year and satisfy the taxation & residency requirements, et. al.). My salary is 20,000 AED, broken-down as 15K Basic Salary, 3K Accommodation and 2K Transportation. My contract also states I'm required to work 48 hours per week, and may be increased from time-to-time, etc. I basically work 5 days a week, normal days (9am - 6pm) and sometimes more. Given all this info, what should I be expecting in terms of gratuity pay, so I don't get shafted? 21 days x 15K AED, or 21 days x 20K AED? or something else?

Also, do I need to cancel my Visa, and if so, what do I need to do?

Any other things I should be planning to deal with for my exit?
My UAE gratuity calculator says you will be owed AED10,925 on Jan 20 plus any unused vacation days, it is calculated on salary only.

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@XDoodle******, thanks for that. I was anticipating somewhere around half of what gets deposited into my account monthly. Is the gratuity calculator you use, online anywhere, so that I am armed with concrete info upon my exit?

@EveryoneElse, any guidance as to the logistics of closing accounts and timings I should be planning as per my original post? Just not sure what the process is and how to plan for this. I will probably be returning to UAE, so I want to ensure I have no entry issues because my bank account was still open, etc.

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@XDoodle******, thanks for that. I was anticipating somewhere around half of what gets deposited into my account monthly. Is the gratuity calculator you use, online anywhere, so that I am armed with concrete info upon my exit?

@EveryoneElse, any guidance as to the logistics of closing accounts and timings I should be planning as per my original post? Just not sure what the process is and how to plan for this. I will probably be returning to UAE, so I want to ensure I have no entry issues because my bank account was still open, etc.
The app is called UAE Gratuity Calculator in the Apple store.

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The app is called UAE Gratuity Calculator in the Apple store.
Or you can use a calculator rather than buying an App ....

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Or you can use a calculator rather than buying an App ....
So, what would the calculation be? I looked at the number @XDoodle****** came up with and it looks like my daily rate was based on working 28.7 days out of a month (520.xx/per day) . Is that what the UAE labor laws go by?

The 10,925 AED / 21 days comes out to a daily rate of 520.23 AED. Wouldn't the daily rate be closer to somewhere between 600 and 720?

Errr… nevermind… found it. It is based on a 30-day month. The Gratuity would be 10,500 AED

So, anyone have any tips, suggestions about closing accounts/visas, etc., based on my original post (the gratuity isn't really a big deal for me, as much as trying to sort-out and plan my exit).


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