The United Arab Emirates announced on Tuesday that it will adopt a four and half day work starting next year, with Friday afternoon, Saturday, and Sunday forming the new weekend.
The Gulf state currently has a Friday-Saturday weekend. In a bid to align with global markets, the UAE government prompted for weekends to begin on Friday afternoons through Sunday, state media WAM News Agency reported.
The move will apply to government entities and staff will have the option to make work-from-home arrangements during Friday work hours ahead of sermons and prayers.
The move was also aimed to enhance social wellbeing, according to WAM, as the UAE has been taking measures in the past year to boost its economy amid an economic rivalry with neighboring Saudi Arabia.
“It will ensure smooth financial, trade and economic transactions with countries that follow a Saturday/Sunday weekend, facilitating stronger international business links and opportunities for thousands of UAE-based and multinational companies,” the report noted.
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