- UAE government made major changes in weekend rules, will be applicable from January 1
- From January 1, 2022, employees will get a week-off of two and a half days in a week
- Now work will have to be done for four and a half days in a week, weekend will be from Friday afternoon
Weekoff is the most relaxing day for any working employee. One gets one in someone’s luck and two offs come in someone’s luck. Different companies in different countries have different rules for employees. But just imagine, how would you feel if you got more than two days off in a week? The United Arab Emirates is going to start this system in its own right.
On Tuesday, the UAE announced that employees would now have to work only four-and-a-half days a week. The system of two and a half days off will be applicable from January 1, 2022, after which the employees’ weekend will start from Friday afternoon and will run till Saturday and Sunday. Till now weekends in UAE used to be on Fridays and Saturdays, which will now be on Saturdays and Sundays. The ministry-level staff of the UAE will adopt a four-and-a-half year week from the new year.
Off of private employees depend on the company
At present, no information has been issued regarding whether this rule will be applicable to the employees of the private sector. However, private companies are free to change their working week on the lines of government departments. On Friday, Muslim workers offer Friday prayers. Therefore, in most Muslim countries, this day is a holiday. Issuing a statement, the government has stated its intention regarding the change in the weekend.
Why was the weekend changed?
This will ensure financial, trade and economic transactions with countries where there is a shutdown on Saturdays and Sundays, the statement said. Thousands of companies in the UAE will benefit from this. According to the official statement, the work will continue till 12 noon on Friday, after which the employees will be able to offer Friday prayers. This change is part of the government’s efforts to balance life in the UAE.