UAE | Government adopts 4.5 days working week

The UAE Government has adopted a four and half day working week with Saturday Sundays as off days on December 7, 2021.


Key highlights:

  • The law will come into effect from January 1, 2022.
  • 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 new working hours for government institutions shall be, Monday to Thursday workdays beginning at 7:30 a.m. and finishing at 3:30 p.m., and Friday work hours beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 12:00 pm.
  • Under the new law, Friday sermons and prayers will begin at 1:15 pm across the UAE.
  • Government employees will have the option of working from home on Fridays and scheduling their work hours on a flexi-time basis.


*Official sources of the information will be ascertained shortly.

*Tanvi Singh, Editorial Assistant has reported this brief.

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