UAE Removes Sundays From Working Week From January 2022
Beginning from January 1, 2022, the United Arab Emirates will transit to a four a half-day day working week, with Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday forming the new weekend.
Currently, the working week is Sunday to Thursday.
The new working week will be implemented across the federation of seven emirates (Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain) that make up the UAE.
The transition follows the rollout of new legislation in which the UAE will allow 100 per cent ownership of businesses for foreign nationals from December 1, 2020. Previously, all businesses were required to have a UAE citizen sp. sor.
The UAE, and in particular Dubai and Abu Dhabi are already recognised as two of the most powerful business and financial hubs in the world by international investors who are lured by the incredible possibilities offered in terms of finance, trade and commerce, plus the famous don do’ attitude and the low tax environment in these destinations.
The transition to a four and half-day working week now aligns with most major economies around the world and will prove to be another significant ‘pull’ for international corporations that are currently based elsewhere.
Nigel Green, the CEO and founder of Dubai-headquartered deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory, asset management and fintech organisations, sees the new arrangement as a major cultural, societal and economic shift that can be expected to provide a massive boost for the UAE economy.
In a statement to insidebusiness.ng, Green said: “We can expect there to be a steady influx of new wealth job-creating businesses relocating to the UAE on the back of this announcement.
“It provides a further compelling impetus for an already established commerce hub that has an independent judicial system, a global financial exchange, a stable, pro-business government, a high proposition of high net worth individuals, a dynamic business community, world-class infrastructure and telecommunications, English as its de-facto business language, and their enviable, central geographical location and time zone.”
At the time of that announcement, Nigel Green said: “The appeal of the UAE has just sky-rocketed further due to the reform of the business ownership law.”
The deVere boss is a long-time advocate for the country where the Group has a major presence across several emirates and is headquartered.
Earlier this year, he said that over the next decade, the UAE will become one of the world’s top ten international financial hubs to rival and more aggressively compete with stalwarts such as London, New York and Hong Kong.
Green concludes: “The working week announcement is a game-changer for the UAE, significantly ramping up its already impressive competitive advantage.