View of Abu Dhabi Street, United Arab Emirates
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The UAE will move weekends from next year to Saturday and Sunday, the UAE Media Office said in a tweet on Tuesday.
This change is important given that Friday has long been a sacred day for Islamic worshipers. Most Gulf countries have weekends from Friday to Saturday.
The country has four and a half days of working week, with weekends starting on Friday afternoon and continuing until Sunday.
Longer weekends mean “increasing productivity and improving the balance between work and life,” according to a tweet from the government’s media office.
The changes will begin on January 1, 2022 and will apply to federal agencies.
Working hours on Friday will be from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm, the Government Media Department said. Working hours from Monday to Thursday start at 7:30 am and end at 3:30 pm.
“By adopting an agile work system, the UAE can respond quickly to new changes and enhance workplace well-being.” The state news agency WAM said in a report.
“From an economic point of view, the new working week will better align the UAE with the world market, reflecting the country’s strategic position on the global economic map,” he added, adding that trade, finance and economic transactions with other countries. Is designed to be smooth.
According to WAM, the move “not only enhances trading opportunities, but also enhances the flexible, safe and enjoyable lifestyle that the UAE offers to its citizens and residents.”
United Arab Emirates will shift weekends to Saturday and Sunday from next year
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