Expats and visitors may be subject to an entry ban and/or a work ban depending on who they are and/or what they've done while they've been in the UAE. A Gulf News newspaper report said that labour ban rules in the UAE were still in force but expats could apply to have a ban lifted, and quoted anonymous officials apparently from the labour department, although, ironically, the report or the official seemed to be reading information from this page in a couple of places.The report seemed to mostly repeat information already known, but just in case there is something new, a summary is: Workers in the UAE who receive a 6 month labour ban for breaking contract within 2 years can have the ban lifted under the following conditions according to reported comments from the UAE Ministry of Labour: ...What is more likely is that the same rules are interpreted differently, and/or applied differently by different emirates and to different nationalities.

Find the correct authority department and confirm with them any information you are relying on.

A phone call is not that difficult to make, and they are usually helpful within the limits of what they can tell you.

Common offences that many expats get into trouble with are bad debts, bounced checks, drinking and driving, drunk in public, inappropriate relationships (having sex on the beach while drunk with someone you're not married to, for example).

Of course, more severe offences such as theft, violence, rape, murder etc will also result in an immigration ban but not so many expats indulge in these activities, and those that do are not usually so surprised to receive a ban.

As well as permission to visit or live in the UAE, all non-Emirati workers also need permission to work, and the UAE Ministry of Labour (MOL) is in charge of issuing work permits (or labour cards) to working expats, except for maids who have their work permits processed at the Immigration Department.

This is all covered in more detail in the pages about Dubai maid visas, Working in the UAE, and UAE visas but the above summary is repeated here as an introduction.

Each free zone is different in the UAE and you need to confirm with the one you are applying to if that advice applies.

Even if it does today, it might not tomorrow, or it might depend on job title, salary, anything else you can or cannot think of.

Call the Ministry of Labour and the Dubai Immigration Department hotlines (call Dubai for any UAE emirate immigration question) to confirm anything.