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From January, UAE to switch to 4.5 day workweek

By Jasleen Kaur -- December 07, 2021 6:57 pm -- Updated:December 07, 2021 7:03 pm

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday announced to change its existing five-day workweek to a four-and-a-half day starting January 1.

The UAE has become the world’s first country to make the employee-friendly transition as part of its efforts to improve productivity and work-life balance.

UAE workweek to be Monday to Friday According to the new schedule, Monday to Thursday, the work timings would be from 7.30 am to 3.30 pm.

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New work schedule 

According to the new schedule, Monday to Thursday, the work timings would be from 7.30 am to 3.30 pm, followed by a half day on Friday from 7.30 am to 12.00 pm, said the UAE government media office. Saturdays and Sundays are full-day holidays under the new rule.

The UAE government said: “Longer weekends to boost productivity and improve work-life balance; starting from 1st of January, 2022.” All Friday sermons and prayers would be held after 1.15 pm henceforth. Further, employees would be offered flexible working hours and work-from-home options on Friday.

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The government’s move is expected to make it come closer to timings of the US, the UK and Europe, boosting commerce.

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The new system will first be implemented in all federal government entities; schools, colleges and private institutions are expected to follow suit. The Emirati governments of Dubai and Abu Dhabi have already announced the four-and-a-half day workweek.

-PTC News with agency inputs


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