UAE to change the weekends to Saturday and Sunday from next year

UAE to change the weekends to Saturday and Sunday from next year

December 8, 2021: -On Tuesday, the United Arab Emirates will move its weekend to Saturday and Sunday starting from the coming year, the UAE media office said in a tweet.

The shift is huge, given Friday has long been a sacred day for worshippers of Islam. Many countries in the Gulf have Friday to Saturday weekends.

The country will be having a four-½-day working week, with the weekend starting on Friday afternoon and lasting till this Sunday.

According to the tweet by the government’s media office, the more extended weekend is meant to “boost productivity and improve work-life balance.”

The changes will kick in from January 1, 2022, and apply to federal government entities.

Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, a retired professor of political science-based in the UAE, told CNBC that the move was expected and is in line with the country’s plan to go global.

“21st century UAE is not the same as UAE of 20th century,” Abdulla said, describing the shift as a quiet “revolution.”

The government media office said that Friday’s working hours would be from 7:30 am to 12 pm. Working hours from Monday to Thursday will start at 7.30 am and end at 3.30 pm.

“Adopting an agile working system will enable the UAE to respond to emerging changes and enhance wellbeing in the workplace,” state news agency WAM said in a report.

“From an economic perspective, the new working week will better align the UAE with global markets, reflecting the country’s strategic status on the global economic map,” and is designed to smooth trade, financial and economic transactions with other countries, it added.

The country will also be hoping the move boosts “not only trading opportunities but also add to the flexible, secure and enjoyable lifestyle the UAE offers to its citizens and residents,” according to WAM.

Christopher Payne, the chief economist at Abu Dhabi-based Peninsula Real Estate, said shifting the weekend sends a clear message that the UAE is a “leader in the Gulf and the Middle East, taking bold decisions to change ahead of other countries.”

“In the broader context, this measure is part of a larger number of public policy changes that will continue to make the UAE a beautiful destination for foreign investment and ex-pats,” he said, pointing to the relaxation of laws on cohabitation and changes in visa rules.

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