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The United Arab Emirates has announced a four and a half-day working week.

A new four and a half- week will be implemented by the UAE government on January 1, 2022, with effect from the first day of the month.

The change applies to federal government entities and coincides with the implementation of new working hours, with Monday through Thursday workdays beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m., and Friday workdays beginning at 7.30 a.m. and ending at 12 p.m.

In conjunction with the relocation, Friday sermons and will be across the UAE beginning at 1:15 p.m. The flexibility to work from home on Fridays, as well as the ability to arrange their working hours on a flexi- basis, will be extended to government employees.

A national working week that is shorter than the five- week was introduced in the United Arab Emirates, making it the first country in the world to do so.

As part of the UAE government’s efforts to improve work- balance and social wellbeing while also increasing performance in order to advance the country’s economic competitiveness, the government has decided to the weekend.

The adoption of an agile working system will enable the UAE to respond quickly to emerging changes while also improving employee well-being in the office.

A new working week will better align the United Arab Emirates with global markets, reflecting the country’s strategic position on the global economic map, according to an economic perspective. It will facilitate stronger international business links and opportunities for thousands of UAE-based and multinational companies by ensuring that , , and economic transactions with countries that a Saturday/Sunday weekend smoothly.

The new working week will also bring the UAE’s financial sector closer to real-time trading and communications-based transactions, such as those that global stock markets, banks, and financial institutions, as well as those that drive the country’s government. In addition to increasing trading opportunities, the move is expected to contribute to the UAE’s flexible, secure, and enjoyable lifestyle, which is available to both citizens and residents alike.

According to the Federal Authority for Government Resources, the proposed new workweek was developed after extensive benchmarking and feasibility studies were conducted to assess potential impacts on the economy, social and family ties, and the general well-being of people in the United Arab Emirates.

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