According to brand new reports, the United Arab Emirates will move its weekend from Friday and Saturday to Saturday and Sunday from January 1, 2022. The reasoning behind the switch is to help the UAE align its systems with those of international business communities around the globe.
However, the new work calendar will also keep in mind the importance of Fridays for residents of the nation. Instead of a five – day work week, reports suggest that the UAE will soon implement half days on Fridays, allowing the public the option to work from home.
In light of the many lifestyle changes the world went through during the takeover of the COVID – 19 pandemic, conversations around debuting a four – day work week – and how that could positively impact mental health – have gained immense popularity around the globe. Iceland, which has already implemented the new schedule, seems to have already reported the change to be a huge success among its public.
Previously, the UAE moved its weekends from Thursday from Friday to Friday and Saturday in May 2006. The move proved to be beneficial as Saturday then became a common day off for both, the home turf and international sectors. Given the data, it can be assumed than a Saturday – Sunday weekend, while still honoring the religious significance of Friday, will further aid the Emirates in reaching new heights of success.