The Emirati government has announced it will implement a shorter national working week in 2022.

Key Points:

  • Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, federal government entities will be open:
    • Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • Friday from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Private companies retain the right to choose their own work schedules.

Additional Information: The Emirati government said it changed the national working hours with intentions to promote a healthy work-life balance and improve social well-being while advancing the country’s economic competitiveness.

BAL Analysis: The new working week intends to align the UAE’s financial and public sectors with the global market.

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