UAE ANNOUNCES REDUCED WORKING WEEK TO “BOOST PRODUCTIVITY”
UAE announces reduced working week to “boost productivity”
The government of the United Arab Emirates has announced a major shift in the official working week to four and a half days. Beginning January 1, 2022, all federal government employees will work Monday through Thursday, with the weekend falling on Saturday and Sunday. While the private sector employers can choose whether to adopt the new weekend and shorter working week
Under the new timetable, the public-sector weekend starts at noon on Fridays and ends on Sunday. On Fridays, employees will work for 4.5 hours with flexibility to be able to work from home.
Friday prayers at mosques will be held after 1:15 pm all year round.
What are the advantages of the new shorter work week?
- The United Arab Emirates is the first country in the world to implement a national work week that is shorter than the global five-day week. The new approach will allow the UAE to improve its economic competitiveness by improving work-life balance and social wellbeing while also raising performance.
- Employees from various groups can participate in activities that they were previously unable to do, such as completing postgraduate studies, participating in training courses, starting a business, or even traveling to distant countries.
- UAE will be able to adapt quickly to changing circumstances and improve employee well-being.
- Smooth financial, trading, and economic interactions with countries that operate on a Saturday-Sunday weekend schedule, providing deeper international business relations and prospects for UAE-based and global companies.
- Increase employee satisfaction, reduce carbon footprints, raise worker productivity, boost domestic tourism, expand chances for lifelong learning, and standardize weekend experiences throughout the world.