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UAE employees entitled to four-day work week from next month


New update applies to UAE federal government employees…

Latest News: The UAE government has announced a four-day work week for federal government departments, effective 1 July 2023.

According to the latest published Federal Human Resources Administrationfull-time employees may choose to work four days a week, provided they complete 40 work hours per week.

conform to Our UAE Vision 2031changes in the work week also allow for flexible working both at home and abroad.

When are the new working hours?

according to the whole countryto qualify for the three-day weekend, government employees will be required to complete a 40-hour week, with no more than 10 hours per day.

Last year, the UAE government moved to four and a half days Working week, half-day work on Friday, flexible working hours, you can choose to work from home on Friday.

Sharjah went a step further by implementing a four day work week Back in January 2022, Friday, Saturday and Sunday are closed.

What about the private sector?

Private companies in the UAE are not required to observe government working hours, so it is unlikely that we will receive an official announcement to change the working day in the private sector. However, following the changes to the previous working week, Dr Abdul Rahman Abdul Manan Awal, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, urged private sector companies to follow suit.

When is the next public holiday?

Next UAE public holidays 2023 is marked by two holidays: Arafat Day and Eid al-Adha. The first is Arafat Day which falls on the 9th of the Hijri calendar. It’s expected to happen on Tuesday, June 27, but it depends on being able to see the moon closer to that time.

The day after Arafat Day marks the start of Eid al-Fitr. This is the second and larger of the two festivals celebrated in Islam. It falls on Dhul Hijjah 10 to 12, which is expected to correspond to Wednesday, June 28 to Friday, June 30. Along with Arafat Day, we will have a six-day long weekend (for those of us who usually have two days off for the weekend).

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