The UAE Federal Government has announced that it will adopt a new four and a half-day working week, effective from 1st January 2022.
It has also been announced that the decision is also applicable to schools in the United Arab Emirates. This means schools are likely to start returning from the Winter Break on 3rd January 2022.
The school week will run full days Monday to Thursday and a half-day on Fridays.
Alongside the move, Friday sermons and prayers across the UAE will be held from 1:15 pm.
The UAE is the first nation in the world to introduce a national working week shorter than the global five-day week.
The extended weekend comes as part of the UAE government’s efforts to boost work-life balance and enhance social wellbeing while increasing performance to advance the UAE’s economic competitiveness.
Adopting an agile working system will enable the UAE to rapidly respond to emerging changes and enhance wellbeing in the workplace.