UAE cuts working week and shifts weekend back a day

[07-12-2021 12:11 PM]

Ammon News - The United Arab Emirates is cutting its working week to four-and-a-half days and moving its weekend from Friday-Saturday to Saturday-Sunday, officials have said, as reported by theguardian.

The “national working week” would be mandatory for government bodies from January and was aimed at improving work-life balance and economic competitiveness, state media said on Tuesday.

“The UAE is the first nation in the world to introduce a national working week shorter than the global five-day week,” the official news agency WAM reported.

“The extended weekend comes as part of the UAE government’s efforts to boost work-life balance and enhance social wellbeing, while increasing performance to advance the UAE’s economic competitiveness.”

The UAE will become the only Gulf country with a Saturday-Sunday weekend, a move that brings it into line with most of the non-Arab world.

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