An immigration court in Ras Al Khaimah fined two employers Dh1.75 million for hiring 33 workers sponsored by other companies in violation of the UAE’s immigration and labour laws, a newspaper reported on Monday.
It was one of the toughest sentences issued against companies in the private sector since the UAE introduced stringent laws as part of a battle against persistent labour and immigration violations.
Arabic language daily Alkhaleej said workers, who include women, were caught during a raid by labour inspectors deployed through the emirate to ensure compliance with the new laws by both expatriate workers and employers.
“The court decided to fine the two Arab employers a total Dh1.75 million for illegally employing 33 workers not on their sponsorship,” it said.
It said the court also fined each worker between Dh700 and Dh3,500 and ordered their immediate deportation from the country.