DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates stated Tuesday its official workweek will transfer to Monday to Friday, a major change that brings the Islamic nation that’s house to major monetary establishments in step with Western schedules.
The choice, which is to take impact subsequent month, makes the Gulf Arab state, house to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, one of many few locations within the Center East to function on Western hours as a substitute of on a Sunday through Thursday working week.
Authorities staff would work a half-day on Friday, the standard Muslim holy day, after which take Saturday and Sunday off, the announcement stated.
The federal government shift probably will see non-public business and colleges comply with go well with, as they did in 2006, when the week modified from Saturday to Wednesday — an Islamic workweek adopted in some Muslim nations, reminiscent of Iran and Afghanistan.
The Emirati authorities hailed the choice as making it “the first nation in the world to introduce a national working week shorter than the global five-day week” — a reference to Friday turning into solely a half-day workday.
“The extended weekend comes as part of the UAE’s government efforts to boost work-life balance and enhance social wellbeing,” the assertion added.