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Six reasons why workweek has been shortened in UAE

Agencies | Abu Dhabi

The Daily Tribune –

The UAE has granted its residents the perfect New Year gift.

Come January 1, 2022, the country would transition into a four-and-a-half-day workweek, with Saturday, Sunday and Friday half-day forming the new weekend.

Here is why the country revised its workweek:

  • Better work-life balance: Shorter workweeks mean enhanced social wellbeing. It will boost family ties and offer the best quality of life. Longer weekends would help employees plan short trips, as is the case when official holidays are announced.
  • Expand skillsets: Employees may take part in training courses or pursue education programmes or even work on their projects.
  • Boost to the economy: From an economic perspective, the new workweek will better align the Emirates with global markets. UAE's financial sector will be in synch with global real-time trading and communications-based transactions such as those driving global stock markets, banks and financial institutions. The move is expected to boost trading opportunities.
  • Private sector to benefit: According to Dr Abdulrahman Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, the new system would enable continuity of external transactions for private sector companies and entities, "hence safeguarding investors' and business owners' interests".