The UAE government has opened the first 11 of what they call Tadbeer centers in different emirates, aimed at facilitating the recruitment of domestic workers.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) announced that the centers will be used to recruit domestic workers under government-approved unified costs, the Khaleej Times reported.

The MoHRE said the centers were an effort to supervise the recruitment process of domestic workers and will provide them with proper visas, orientation and training. The ministry also announced that the cost of hiring Filipino domestic workers had decreased from 20,000 dirhams (about US$5,500) to 12,000 dirhams.

Saif Ahmed Al Suwaidi, the undersecretary of human resource affairs at the MoHRE, said new markets have been opened giving more options for employers and families to employ domestic workers.

“We signed memorandum of agreements with a number of Asian countries including India, Sri Lanka and Kenya, as part of the ministry’s plan to enhance cooperation with the labor-exporting governments,” Al Suwaidi said.

“This also contributes to the control and supervision of recruitment of these workers,” he said.