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United Arab Emirates Employee Background Checks

Country Overview

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi (the largest emirate which also serves as the capital), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. In terms of government, each emirate has its own ruler that oversees local affairs. The Federal level is primarily responsible for items such as foreign affairs, education, labor relations and public health. Each emirate’s ruler has one vote on the Supreme Council (the highest authority in the country), but Abu Dhabi and Dubai’s support is required on significant issues. There are also Free Zones established within the emirates. The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) are examples that have their own employment laws and regulations.

On a federal level, the UAE does not have a comprehensive data protection scheme. However, there are provisions of various laws that address the concept of privacy such as the Constitution (Federal Law 1 of 1971). However, the DIFC and ADGM each have their own data privacy legislation.

For further information, download our United Arab Emirates Country Data Sheet.

 
Individual Records Searches Signup

  United Arab Emirates (UAE) Criminal Records Search 

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Requirements: Name, date of birth, full address, release

There is no central criminal records repository for the UAE and records are maintained within each emirate; therefore, the criminal search offered is on the local level. Criminal records are not used in all hiring decisions.

  Professional License Verification 

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This search verifies the individual’s claimed license. Most often, the Professional License Verification simply provides the current status of the license claimed; however, other details such as license number, date of issuance, expiration and disciplinary action will be provided when available.

  United Arab Emirates (UAE) Civil Records Search 

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Requirements: Name, date of birth, address, release

This search is conducted at the local level through county court judgments. Report may include case type, file date, case number, name of court where case was filed, plaintiff, defendant and disposition if a case can be located.

  United Arab Emirates (UAE) Bankruptcy Records Search 

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Requirements: Name, date of birth, address, release

This search is conducted at the local level through the court based on the jurisdiction of the address provided. Report may include file date, case number, name of court where case was filed and case status if a bankruptcy case can be located.

  Education Degree Verification in United Arab Emirates (UAE) 

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Requirements: Name, date of birth, school name, degree, major, dates of attendance, city of school, degree copy and release form

It is common to verify only the highest degree obtained by a candidate. Educational institutions will be contacted to verify dates of attendance, graduation date and degree information.

  Employment Verification in United Arab Emirates (UAE) 

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Requirements: Name, date of birth, employer name and contact information, dates of employment, position held and release form

Employers will be contacted to verify the individual’s title, dates of employment and if the candidate is eligible for rehire. Typically employment verifications do not extend beyond a 7 year time frame absent a legal or regulatory requirement to obtain that information. Current employers will only be contacted with express consent from the applicant.

  Reference Check in United Arab Emirates (UAE) 

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Requirements: Applicant name and date of birth, reference's relationship, contact name and contact information (including phone number and email address)

This search is conducted via telephone (or at times e-mail) with the individual’s personal or professional references using a standard list of questions.

  Motor Vehicle Records 

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The motor vehicle records search will confirm if the individual possesses a driver’s license. Details of the driving record may be provided if available.

  Credit Report 

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Requirements: Name, Date of Birth, Address, Identification Number, Signed Release Form

Requirements: Name, Date of Birth, Address, Identification Number, Signed Release Form

The individual credit report provides a summary of an individual's credit history. Other information provided in the report may include information on the individual's bad debt and collections, trade account information, bankruptcies and court liens or judgments.

  Global Monitor Check 

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Requirements: Name, date of birth, address

The Global Monitor Check (GMC) is database product that searches a variety of databases including (but not limited to):

  • • Bank of England Sanctions
  • • Commodity Futures Trading Commission List of Regulatory and Self-Regulatory Authorities
  • • Defense Trade Controls (DTC) Debarred Parties
  • • FBI Fugitives 10 Most Wanted, Most Wanted Terrorists and Monthly Most Wanted
  • • Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Special Alert List
  • • Foreign Agent Registrations
  • • International Police Most Wanted
  • • Office of Foreign Asset Control
  • • OFAC - Enhanced Sanctioned Countries
  • • OFAC – Palestinian Legislative Council
  • • Office of Controller of Currency of Unauthorized Banks
  • • OSFI - Canada
  • • Politically Exposed Persons
  • • State Department Terrorist Exclusions
  • • Terrorists Inside of European Union
  • • Terrorists Outside of European Union
  • • United Nations Named Terrorists
  • • US Bureau of Industry and Security - Unverified Entity List
  • • US Bureau of Industry and Security - Denied Entity List
  • • US Bureau of Industry and Security - Denied Person List
  • • World Bank Ineligible Firms

  ID Check in United Arab Emirates 

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Requirements: Name, DOB, Address, Consent Form, Identification Card Color Copy (Front and Back)

A validation and/or verification of the data subject’s identity documents.

  Directorship Check in United Arab Emirates 

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Requirements: Name, date of birth, address, passport copy, company name where directorship was held, company address, In-Country Residence History Form

A search to determine if a candidate had fiduciary or board of directors responsibilities for a company.

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  Employment Screening Package 

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Requirements: Name, date of birth, city, school name, degree obtained, dates of attendance, city of school, employer name and contact information, dates of employment, position and release form

The employment screening package provides discounted pricing rather than ordering individual products. The package Includes:

  • - Criminal Background Check
  • - Highest Degree Verification
  • - One Employment Verification

  Criminal and Civil Search Package 

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Requirements: Name (including former name), dob, address, release

The Criminal and Civil Search Package offers discounted pricing of our most popular searches. This bundle includes one criminal records search and one civil records search, based on the jurisdiction of the address provided.

  Civil and Bankruptcy Search Package 

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Requirements: Name (including former name), dob, address, release

The Civil and Bankruptcy Search Package offers discounted pricing of our most popular due diligence searches. This bundle includes one civil records search and one bankruptcy records search, based on the jurisdiction of the address provided.

 

UAE Data Privacy


On a federal level, the UAE does not have a comprehensive data protection scheme. However, there are provisions of various laws that address the concept of privacy such as the Constitution (Federal Law 1 of 1971).

The DIFC has its own data privacy scheme governed by Law No. 1 of 2007 Data Protection Law, Law No. 5 of 2012 Data Protection Law Amendment and the Data Protection Regulations issued by the Commissioner of Data Protection. The law provides a broad definition of personal data including an individual’s name, age, home address, race, sexual orientation, income, blood type, marital status, education and employment information. Sensitive personal data includes information relating to an individual’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, offences and criminal convictions, trade union membership, health or sex life. Data controllers must notify the DIFC Commissioner of Data Protection when processing sensitive personal data or transferring personal data outside of the DIFC to countries without adequate levels of protection.

The ADGM also has its own data privacy legislation in the form of Data Protection Regulations 2015. Both data privacy laws track rather closely in terms of requirements. Data controllers covered by either legislation must ensure that all personal data is processed fairly, lawfully and securely for a specified and legitimate business purpose. Before processing personal data or sensitive personal data, consent from the data subject must be obtained (unless an exception is met). In order to transfer data out of the ADGM or DIFC, the recipient must be in a jurisdiction that provides adequate protection for personal data. Alternatively, the transfer may take place under a number of other conditions including if the data subject provides written consent to the proposed transfer. Data subjects are afforded many rights including the right to object to processing, and the right to access, rectify, erase or block personal data.

From a data transfer perspective, the DIFC has published a list of adequate countries, which includes the European Union member states, European Economic Area Member countries (Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland), and other countries including Switzerland, Canada, Argentina, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, New Zealand and Uruguay.

 

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