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UAE to shift weekend to Saturday and Sunday from next year

A view of a street in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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The United Arab Emirates will move its weekend to Saturday and Sunday starting next year, state news agency WAM said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Most countries in the Gulf have Friday and Saturday weekends.

The country will have a four-and-a-half-day working week, with the weekend starting on Friday afternoon and lasting until Sunday.

According to the tweet by WAM, the longer weekend is meant to “boost productivity and improve work-life balance.”

The changes will kick in from Jan. 1, 2022, and will apply to federal government entities.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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