Gulf News (United Arab Emirates), 7 December 2021: The UAE authorities have announced working week changes.
The working week will be reduced to four and a half days in a first in the world.
The weekend will now run from Friday afternoon to Sunday.
The new working week will apply in Federal Government departments from 1 January next year.
They will work eight and a half hours a day Monday to Thursday and four and a half on Fridays. Employees will also be allowed to choose flexible work or work-from-home options on Friday.
The move is aimed at improving productivity and creating a more positive work-life balance.
In addition, Friday sermons and prayers will be held after 1.15pm around the country throughout the year.
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