Middle East

United Arab Emirates presents new 4.5-day workweek

20:28, 07 December 2021
United Arab Emirates presents new 4.5-day workweek Photo: million-wallpapers.com

The UAE announced that from now on governmental workers will work four and a half days a week.


It means that starting from Friday afternoon until Sunday those who work in governmental entities will have a weekend.

Thus the working hours on Friday will be 4.5 instead of eight.

The law will come into place after the start of 2022 on January first.

Until then the country will keep following its previous schedule with weekend days being Friday and Saturday.

Friday is considered a day-off instead of Sunday in Islamic countries due to it being a holy day.

“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 Abu Dhabi government media office said.

“The UAE is the first nation in the world to introduce a national working week shorter than the global five-day week,” it added.

The country is also the first in the Arab world that makes Friday a working day despite Friday’s prayers.

The new schedule aims to boost the productivity of workers by giving them more time to rest.

More details on the transition will be presented by officials soon.