Seems to be some conflict in the law.
uae.gov.ae - UAE government site (undated) says from February 1999 that article 55 was revised so women can get maternity leave of 3 months on full pay, and another 6 months on half pay.
To address some of the issues discouraging women from working the Federal National Council approved a law governing maternity leave in February 1999. The FNC revised the text of Article 55 to give women entitlement to three months’ maternity leave with full pay. On motherc a re and childhood issues, the Council has said that a woman would be entitled to five separate periods of maternity leave during her employment. The law stipulates that a woman is also entitled to nine months' leave in total to look after her newborn child, comprising three months with full pay and six months at half pay.
But the UAE Ministry of Labor (MOL) site says articles 55 and 56 are to do with wages, not maternity leave ?
Wages shall be paid in legal tender on a working day, at the place of work, in the official national currency.
Workers employed on yearly or monthly wage basis shall be paid at least once a month; all other workers shall be paid at least once every two weeks.
However, articles 30 & 31 of the UAE labour law does apply to maternity leave according to the MOL, and says 45 days maternity leave on full pay if she has worked for a whole year prior to leave. If not, then she only gets half pay. I thought it was possible to extend that another 45 days on half or no pay, but I can't find confirmation of that.
A female worker shall be entitled to maternity leave with full pay for a period of forty five days, including both pre and post natal periods, provided that she has completed not less than one year of continuous service with her employer. A female worker who has not completed the aforesaid period of service shall be entitled to maternity leave with half pay.
A female worker who has exhausted her maternity leave may be absent from work without pay for a maximum period of 100 consecutive or non-consecutive days if such absence is due to an illness preventing her from resuming her work. A medical certificate issued by a duly authorized medical institution or authenticated by the competent health authority confirming that the illness is a result of pregnancy or delivery shall document such illness. The leave provided for in the preceding two paragraphs shall not be deducted from other leave periods.
During the 18 months following her delivery, a female worker nursing her child shall, in addition to any prescribed rest period, be entitled to two additional breaks each day for this purpose, neither of which shall exceed half an hour.
These two additional breaks shall be considered as part of the working hours and shall not entail any reduction of wage.