A maid is your partner in child care, not replacement
Most expats who come to the UAE and hire a maid do so because unlike at home, we don’t have our extended families here to help us care for our little ones. Villas and apartments are large and require a great deal of upkeep to stay clean and of course, there is cooking. If you are a mum who works full time, but even if you don’t have a job outside the home, you really can’t do it all by yourself. So this is where helpers come in. Some mothers think that it is OK to give their maid 100 per cent responsibility for the house and the kids. But if you are not able to cover all these tasks by yourself, what makes you think a person with perhaps less education than you, who you are paying a comparatively small amount each month, and who is missing their own family, can cover everything? Truth is, they cannot. So they get tired, so they lash out, so they make mistakes. Mums, consider pitching in a little and lightening the maid’s burden. She’s your partner, not your replacement.
UAE contract, the landlord informed me that its illegal to keep my brother with me in my apartment as my contract says “single or small family (no sharing allowed)”. As per Landlord definition of small family is husband, wife and maximum two kids. She even put this in written notice everywhere in the building. I am amazed to know that siblings are not part of family. I am sure RERA also accept sibling as part of small family. Hanan Raffi Dubai