UAE will now have Saturday and Sunday weekend from 01st January 2022
The UAE Government is to adopt a new four and a half day working week, effective from 1st January, 2022. The move applies to Federal government entities and comes alongside new working hours, with Monday to Thursday workdays. The work timings will be from 7:30 am and ending at 3:30 pm, and Friday working hours from 7:30 am – 12:00 pm.
Alongside the move, Friday sermons and prayers across the United Arab Emirates will be held from 1:15 pm. Government staff will have the flexibility to make arrangements to work from home on Fridays, as well as to arrange their working hours on a flexi-time basis.
The UAE is the first nation in the world to introduce a national working week shorter than the global five-day week.
Extended weekend comes as part as efforts to boost work-life balance and enhance social wellbeing. Adopting an agile working system will enable the UAE to rapidly respond to emerging changes and enhance wellbeing in the workplace.
The new working week will better align the UAE with global markets, reflecting the country’s strategic status on the global economic map. This will ensure smooth financial, trade and economic transactions with countries that follow a Saturday/Sunday weekend. It will only facilitate stronger international business links and opportunities for thousands of UAE-based and multinational companies.
The move will add to the flexible, secure and enjoyable lifestyle the UAE offers to its citizens and residents.