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UAE shifts weekends to Saturday and Sunday next year

According to the UAE media office tweet, the state will move its weekend to Saturday and Sunday starting from next year. Most countries in the Arabian Gulf have weekends from Friday to Saturday, because Friday is a sacred day for Muslims.

Next year, the working week in the UAE will be 4.5 days: the weekend will start from Friday afternoon and last until Sunday. The government thinks that the long weekend will boost productivity because of the improvement in employees’ work-life balance. Changes to the working week will take effect from January 1, 2022. The new regulation will apply to all federal government entities. As far as the private sector is concerned, it is left to private organizations to regulate working hours.

According to the words of retired Professor of Political Science, Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, the shift to a 4.5 day working week is in line with the plan of the state to go global, meaning 50 initiatives of the UAE to boost the economy. It is necessary to remind people that the UEA government has launched a series of programmes for stimulation and diversification of the economy. The state is also seeking to attract around USD 150B of foreign investment in the coming decade as the country will invest largely in technology, education and advanced industrial sectors. In addition, visas are the main pillar of the economy in the UAE because about 90% of the population in the country are expatriates. Therefore, the government has recently introduced the Green Visa and Freelance Visa, which allow foreign nationals to work in the country without the need for employer sponsorship.

According to the media office, working hours on Friday will be from 7:30 am until 12 pm. The working time from Monday to Thursday will be from 7.30 am to 3.30 pm.

State news agency WAM stated in a report that the new working week will help to smooth economic, financial and trade transactions with other countries. Moreover, an agile working system will enhance well-being in the workplace. Such measures taken by the UAE government are also aimed at attracting a new number of foreign investments and expats who will be more comfortable working in a schedule comparable to their home countries.

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