Okay, I must give it to ADEC. They’ve come through. Although it was an entire 3 months late, they’ve credited my wife and child’s airfare allowance into this month’s pay. Granted, we can make the case that they’re contractually obliged to give us this money and it is supposed to be prior to traveling, not afterward. But regardless, we’re glad to have it (and also glad that we had enough money to cover our own tickets during the summer holidays, or we’d have been stuck in Al Ain).
This means that despite being late, as regards pay (except that raises have been frozen during the last two years) ADEC has always come through.