Individuals who have previously worked in Abu Dhabi government positions can benefit from retirement and pensions opportunities. Such individuals are legally entitled to retirement benefits, which are regarded as no less important than the benefits they received during their time as employees.
UAE Nationals employed in the public sector are eligible for retirement pensions, provided they have fulfilled the eligibility conditions set by the Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions and Benefits Fund (ADRPBF). The Abu Dhabi government takes the wellbeing of its citizens very seriously, regardless of age or current stage of employment. In this respect, all citizens are entitled to a decent standard of living, and government pension and retirement policies aim to successfully reflect this stance.
The Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions and Benefits Fund (ADRPBF)
The Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions and Benefits Fund was established in 2000 in accordance with the civil retirement pensions and benefits law. This body is responsible for managing contributions, pensions and end of service benefits for UAE nationals currently working or retired from the government.
If you work for the Abu Dhabi government it is essential that your employer registers you as a national with the ADRPBF, within 10 days of the date that your employment commenced. Otherwise, you may not be eligible for a pension upon retirement. You will also need to pay employee contributions during your employment years, whereby a percentage of 5% must be withdrawn from your salary as a contribution towards your pension.
Once you are eligible to receive a pension you will be provided with an identification card, its purpose being to facilitate the process of performing transactions and improving the accuracy of the registration process for a variety of services. This card, launched in April 2010, has reduced the waiting period for retirees during appointments and other matters.