UAE switches to Saturday-Sunday weekend, shorter workweek

The United Arab Emirates authorities introduced at this time it’s switching to a Saturday-Sunday weekend. 

Starting on Jan. 1, 2022, the UAE authorities’s weekend will include Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday, the Emirati Government Media Office tweeted

The UAE at present follows the Islamic workweek during which Friday and Saturday will not be workdays. Most Muslim majority nations adhere to this week as a result of Friday is a prayer day in Islam. Israel additionally has a Friday-Saturday weekend due to the Jewish sabbath. 

The UAE choice might make it simpler to do enterprise with the West in addition to non-Muslim nations in Africa and Asia that likewise have a Saturday-Sunday weekend. It may additionally make the UAE a extra engaging vacation spot for worldwide corporations. 

The half day on Friday may even make it simpler for spiritual Muslims working within the Emiratis to proceed worshipping in mosques that day. 

Relatedly, four-day workweeks are the topic of appreciable consideration within the United States and Europe. 


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