UAE government switches weekend to Saturday-Sunday starting 2022
The Arab News reported that state news agency WAM said, the UAE government will transition to a four-and-a-half-day working week, with Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday forming the new weekend starting Jan. 1, 2022 for all federal departments.
It added, the new system will be applied in all federal government entities with working hours from 7:30 a.m. till 3:30 p.m.
Working hours on Fridays will start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 12 noon, with the possibility of flexible working hours or work from home options during those days. Friday sermons and prayers will be after 1:15 p.m. all year long in the UAE.
WAM reported, the decision is aimed at boosting productivity and improving work-life balance.