Hotels ask staff to take unpaid leave

11 February 2009

An increasing number of companies in the UAE are asking expatriate employees to take undpaid leave rather than making them redundant, The National has reported. Many of the companies making cuts are hotels, which have seen revenue decline by up to 60% since the final quarter of last year due to a sharp fall in occupancy and room rates. Dhow Palace, a five-star hotel in Burj Dubai, has given a quarter of its staff a one-way ticket home on unpaid leave for three to four months.

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