Officially, anyone working in the private sector who breaks their contract could face a six month ban from working for any other company in the UAE (if you are working in a free zone, this ban may be restricted to jobs within that free zone only). However, banning rules are increasingly relaxed and job transfers have become much more flexible. Stay on good terms with your employer, and you shouldn’t face a problem. If you complete your contract period, either two or three years, you can legally move jobs without an NOC. Always check if there is a non-compete clause in your contract, particularly if your new role is with a direct competitor to your current employer.
There are some exceptions where you can transfer your sponsorship without the approval of your current sponsor; such as death of your sponsor, change of company ownership, company closure and cancellation of your company’s trade licence.
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