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Posted on: Wednesday November 10, 2021Reading Time: 3 minutes
Reinforcing the idea of individual wellbeing and economic growth going hand in hand, UAE has become the first nation in the world to introduce a national working week shorter than the global five-day week. The Arab Government has announced that it will transition to a four-and-a-half day working week, with Friday afternoon, Saturday, and Sunday forming the new weekend. All Federal government departments will execute this by moving to the new weekend from January 1, 2022.
Therefore, Friday sermons and prayers across the Emirates will be held from 1.15 pm. In addition, government staff will have the flexibility to make arrangements to work from home on Fridays and arrange their working hours on a flexi-time basis. This bid comes in the wake of the Government’s effort to boost work-life balance and enhance social wellbeing while increasing performance to advance the country’s economic competitiveness. Furthermore, it will also align the Emirates with global markets, considering its strategic status on the global economic map.
According to Khaleej Times, the UAE Government Media Office affirms that “The new working week will also bring the UAE’s financial sector into closer alignment with real-time global trading and communications-based transactions such as those driving global stock markets, banks and financial institutions. The move is expected to boost not only trading opportunities but also add to the flexible, secure and enjoyable lifestyle the Emirates offers its citizens and residents.”