UAE strikes to 4.5-day week, Saturday-Sunday weekend

ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates is slashing its working week to four-and-a-half days and transferring its weekend from Fridays and Saturdays to Saturdays and Sundays, officers stated on Tuesday.

“The UAE is the primary nation on the planet to introduce a nationwide working week shorter than the worldwide five-day week,” official information company WAM reported.

The UAE authorities is to undertake a brand new four-and-a-half-day working week, efficient from January 1, 2022.

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The transfer applies to the federal authorities entities and comes with new working hours, with Monday to Thursday workdays now beginning at 7:30am and ending at 3:30pm, and Friday working hours from 7:30am to12:00 midday.

Friday sermons and prayers throughout the UAE will likely be held from 1:15pm. The federal government workers can have the pliability to make preparations to do business from home on Fridays, in addition to to rearrange their working hours on a flexi-time foundation, WAM

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The prolonged weekend comes as a part of the UAE authorities’s efforts to spice up work-life stability and improve social wellbeing, whereas growing efficiency to advance the UAE’s financial competitiveness.

Adopting an agile working system will allow the UAE to quickly reply to the rising modifications and improve the wellbeing within the office.

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From an financial perspective, the brand new working week will higher align the UAE with the worldwide markets, reflecting the nation’s strategic standing on the worldwide financial map. It’ll guarantee easy monetary, commerce and financial transactions with international locations that observe a Saturday/Sunday weekend, facilitating stronger worldwide enterprise hyperlinks and alternatives for 1000’s of the UAE-based and multinational firms.

The brand new working week will even deliver the UAE’s monetary sector into nearer alignment with the worldwide real-time buying and selling and communications-based transactions corresponding to these driving international inventory markets, banks and monetary establishments.

The transfer is anticipated to spice up not solely buying and selling alternatives but in addition add to the versatile, safe and pleasant life-style the UAE presents to its residents and residents.

The Federal Authority for Authorities Human Sources proposed the brand new workweek; following complete benchmarking and feasibility research, reflecting potential impacts of the transfer on the economic system, social and household ties and the general wellbeing of individuals within the UAE.

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