Dubai: In a major and bold development, the United Arab Emirates will move its weekend to Saturdays and Sundays.
The decision announced on Tuesday said that its official workweek will move to Monday to Friday. The new weekend will take effect from January 1, 2022, bringing the UAE in line with the global economy.
It is a significant change that brings the Islamic nation in line with the global economy. The UAE and the rest of the Gulf nations currently have a Sunday-to-Thursday working week.
Public sector workers at the ministerial level will adopt a four and a half day working week, with employees working Monday to Thursday. There will be a half day on Fridays.
Saturday and Sunday will be the new weekend for government workers. The new system will mean federal and many local government workers will work from 7.30am to 3.30pm from Monday through Thursday and from 7.30am till noon on Friday. There is the possibility of flexible working and work-from-home options on Fridays, according to UAE media office release.
Friday sermons and prayers will be held at 1.15pm throughout the year, it added.
UAE has introduced a series of legal reforms that have a positive impact on its majority expatriate population which is non Muslims. UAE Penal Law decriminalised consensual relations out of wedlock, introduced provisions for unmarried parenting, expanded the definition of rape crimes and raising the legal age of puberty from 14 to 18 years old.
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