The emirate of Sharjah has confirmed it will move to a four-day workweek in 2022.
The Sharjah government confirmed its employees would benefit from a three-day weekend – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – starting January 1, 2022, working from 7.30am to 3.30pm on weekdays.
This announcement from the Sharjah government came after the UAE announced federal government employees would move to a four-and-a-half day working week in 2022, with weekends changing from Friday and Saturday to Saturday and Sunday.
The UAE Government Media Office announced the working hours would from 7.30am to 3.30pm from Monday to Thursday and on Fridays, employees will work for 4.5 hours with flexibility to be able to work from home.
#UAE announces today that it will transition to a four and a half day working week, with Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday forming the new weekend.
All Federal government departments will move to the new weekend from January 1, 2022. pic.twitter.com/tQoa22pai9
— UAEGOV (@UAEmediaoffice) December 7, 2021
Per the announcement, the change to longer weekends aims to “boost productivity and improve work-life balance”.
The changes will begin in 2022 from January 1.
Following the change in weekend, Dubai and Abu Dhabi school regulators have confirmed they would adapt to the new working week.
There’s been no specific announcement regarding the private sector as of yet.
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