Published On: February 10th, 2022 / Last Updated: February 10th, 2022 / 1.5 min read /

UAE switches to new working week from January 01, 2022

From January 1, 2022, UAE has adopted a new working week from Monday to Friday. Friday half-day, Saturday and Sunday would form the new weekend in the country, aligning it with global markets.

Some parts of UAE like Sharjah have adopted a four-day week, offering workers Friday full-day off in addition to Saturday and Sunday, which is a 4-day working week. This decision will eliminate the weekend gap and it will allow more business and exchange of trade with the world economy.

Employees of the federal and local government of all Emirates, except Sharjah, will move to a four-and-a-half-day workweek. Employees of the Sharjah Government will enjoy three days off every week.

Private firms are not legally obliged to make the shift, but have been urged to readjust employee weekly days off to align with the new weekend.  Multiple companies have already announced a switch to the new weekend, with flexible timings announced for Fridays.  It will be for companies to decide whether they want to give employees a shorter working week. They can choose to have shorter working hours if that’s the company’s wish, but they cannot exceed [the 48-hour working week maximum].

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