Dubai Government announces four-and-a-half-day work week

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: In compliance with the UAE government’s decision, the Dubai government announced a four-and-a-half-day work week for public sector employees.

The weekend has been changed to Saturday and Sunday, with Friday being a half-day. The changes will take effect on 1 January 2022 across all government entities, and Sunday, 2 January 2022, will be an official holiday.

The new work week will better align the UAE with global markets, reflecting the country’s strategic status on the global economic map. It will also boost work-life balance and enhance social wellbeing, while increasing performance to advance the UAE’s economic competitiveness.

The changes to the work week system also include new official working hours. Public sector employees will be expected to work from 7:30am to 3:30pm from Monday to Thursday (8 hours) and 12:00pm on Fridays (four-and-one-half hours).



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