UAE weekend change: Saturday-Sunday off and shorter working week

Federal government departments in the UAE are to change their working week from January 1, 2022, with much of the country expected to follow suit.

Public sector workers at the ministerial level will adopt a four and a half day working week, with employees working Monday to Thursday. There will be a half day on Fridays.

Saturday and Sunday will be the new weekend for government workers.

The Dubai and Abu Dhabi governments said their employees would adopt the same hours. The National understands all schools will move to the same working week on the first day of term, with hours expected to be announced soon.


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