The UAE is set to introduce a new law allowing private-sector employees to work flexible hours.

The changes led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Al Nahyan under the Federal Decree-Law No 33 of 2021 – the decree which oversees private sector employment relations – are set to take place in February 2022.

Dr Abdulrahman Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, outlined the changes in a statement.

“In the condensed-hours model, if an employee works 40 hours a week as per the contract, he can now perform the 40 hours in three days,” he said.

 

However, he highlighted that both the employer and employee needed to reach an agreement in the signed contract.

“In the shared-jobs model, two people can do the same job and split the pay but only after agreeing with the employer,” he explained.

The introduction to the new laws was to help employees enjoy a more flexible work-life balance.

“The changes bring flexibility to the law to allow more amendments in the future, according to any updates, and will also attract qualified employees to the country,” the Minister added.

“We are preparing for the next 50 years through a network of laws and legislations that respond to the requirements of this significant stage in the country’s history.”

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