ABU DHABI – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced its transition to a 4.5-day work week with weekends to consist of Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday for state employees. This change will take effect on 1 January 2022.
Like most countries in the Gulf, the UAE currently has a Sunday-to-Thursday work week with Fridays and Saturdays off.
This transition is likely to make the UAE the first nation to formalise a workweek shorter than five days and will allow the country to align more closely with global markets, bringing the country more in line with Western schedules.
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