UAE federal employees may be able to switch to four-day working week: Authorities

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UAE federal government employees may be able to switch to a four-day work week and a three-day weekend under new working rules set out by the country’s Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.

It states that from July 1, some government employees, under certain circumstances, may be able to complete their set weekly hours in four days – working no more than 10 hours per day or 40 hours per week. It would require the agreement of both employee and employer. Employees working a ten-hour day and four-day will be classified as working a compressed working week.

In this circumstance an employee has a three-day weekend.

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The authority said in an update later on Thursday that the application of the four-day week would be “subject to specific, clear, and exceptional regulations” relating to individual federal bodies and job roles and would require prior approval.

“The system is allowed to be applied in exceptional cases in accordance with the regulations specified in the human resources manuals, and it is only done with the approval of the head of the entity, and it is within a specific and short period of time,” said the authority in a notice shared on social media.

The move is one of a number of work models laid out in a new Human Resources law for government employees in the UAE.

The plan also allows for remote working, both in and outside of the country, and hybrid working.

It suggests a move similar to the one made by the emirate of Sharjah. On January 1, 2022, the UAE’s cultural capital began implementing the four-day work week for employees and students.

Other Gulf countries are also exploring shorter work weeks.

In March, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development said it is reviewing the possibility of implementing a three-day weekend to shorten the work week.

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