In major change, UAE workweek to be Monday through Friday

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates announced on Tuesday that it is changing its official workweek to Monday to Friday, a change that will start next month.

The UAE’s state-run WAM news agency said that from Jan. 1, government employees would work a half-day on Friday, the traditional Islamic holy day, and then take Saturday and Sunday off.

Until now, the official workweek in the UAE, as in much of the Middle East was Sunday through Thursday.

It marks a major change, allowing the UAE’s financial district to work Western hours when they had previously been closed.

The statement said the shift “contributes to enhancing family life and achieving a qualitative leap in the state’s economic performance.”