The United Arab Emirates have set the working week to be 4 and a half days. The weekend is to start on Friday afternoon and last until Sunday, the Reuters Agency reports on Tuesday.
The changes are to enter into force on January 1, 2022. They are to allow for a better adjustment of the Emirati economy to world markets.
Currently, the weekend in the UAE lasts two days, from Friday to Saturday. Friday is a day off in many countries where Muslims dominate. The government statement said that under the new rules, Friday’s working hours will end at 12.00 for administrations. Muslim sermons and prayers fall on the later hours of the day.
The government said such a change could “ensure smooth financial, commercial and economic transactions with countries where the weekend is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, enhancing global ties and business opportunities for thousands of UAE-based multinationals and firms.” Moreover, according to the UAE, changing the days of the weekend can have a positive effect on balancing work and private life.
The UAE liberalized laws on cohabitation outside marriage and alcohol in November. Long-term visas have also been introduced to attract and retain talent and encourage more companies to open stores.
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