The Emirates are the first country in the world to abolish the 5-day week. In addition, the nation adapts to the western weekend rhythm – Sundays are now off work.

The United Arab Emirates want to improve the country's competitiveness.

The united Arab Emirates introduce the 4.5-day week

That is why the nation adapts the working day to the western weekend rhythm.

The United Arab Emirates lead the 4.5 -Day week a

In addition, the week will be shortened from 5 to 4.5 days.

That's what

  • The United Arab Emirates are shortening the working week for 4.5 days.

  • At the same time, the weekly rhythm is adjusted.

  • The weekend now lasts from Friday afternoon up to and including Sunday.

The United Arab Emirates are the first nation in the world to shorten working hours: they now only work 4.5 days. In addition, the Muslim country adapts the working week to the western weekly rhythm.

In the Gulf state, work is now from Monday to Friday afternoon and no longer from Sunday to Thursday, as “Spiegel” writes. The new working hours will be mandatory for government institutions from January – including schools.

The new working week is intended to improve the balance between work and private life as well as the country's economic competitiveness. This makes the Emirates the first Gulf state with a weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait keep the Muslim working week for the time being. Muslim countries that are heavily dependent on tourism, such as Indonesia, Turkey, Morocco and Malaysia have already converted.

Companies decide for themselves

The Step is intended to better align the Emirates with global markets and reflect the country's status on the global economic map. The long weekend begins on Friday lunchtime so that Muslims can perceive the Friday prayer.

However, private companies can still decide for themselves which working week they use to set their business hours. Adapting working hours to the western system helps many companies. Because international financial transactions can be processed in a simplified manner.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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