Unification of the Friday sermon and prayer time 1:15 pm

The weekend is Saturday and Sunday..and Friday is half a working day

Official working hours will be from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

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The UAE government announced the new system of weekly work for the federal government sector in the country, to be four and a half working days, from Monday to Thursday, and half working days on Friday, and the weekly holiday will be on Saturday and Sunday, starting from January 1, 2022, provided that it is Sunday January 2 is an official holiday.

The decision applies to all entities in the federal government sector in the country, where the official working hours will be based on the new decision from 7:30 in the morning to 3:30 in the afternoon, from Monday to Thursday (eight working hours), and from 7:30 in the morning To 12:00 noon on Friday (four and a half hours).

The working hours in government schools in the country will be announced later.

The new system will include the possibility of applying flexible working hours and the remote work system on Friday in the federal authorities, provided that the federal authorities approve the implementation mechanisms, and as required by the interest of the workflow in these authorities.

Also, according to the decision, the timing of the Friday sermon and Friday prayers was standardized, to be 1:15 in the afternoon at the state level, throughout the year.

On the economic level, the new weekly work system will enhance the UAE’s position on the business map as a global economic center, as it will contribute to strengthening the integration of the national economy with various global economies and markets, and enhance its important and effective strategic position in the global economy, especially since the new weekly work system ensures a match The days of exchanges and commercial, economic and financial dealings with countries that adopt the weekly holiday on Saturdays and Sundays.

The adoption of the new system of working days and weekly holidays will support the financial sector, as it will harmonize with working days in international stock exchanges and financial markets, in addition to international banks, and thus the new system will enhance the performance of the stock markets, banks, insurance companies, and foreign trade of the UAE.

The new system of weekly work in the UAE is expected to support improving performance and productivity in government work, enhancing the country’s competitiveness and consolidating its position among the most attractive countries for work and life in the world. The new system will also establish the flexibility of government work and its ability to quickly adapt to any changes and developments around the world. It will enhance performance and productivity levels, and enhance the quality of life in the work environment.

The new system of working days and the weekly holiday in the UAE will contribute to enhancing family cohesion and societal cohesion, and enhancing the quality of life for employees, especially with the extension of the weekend to two and a half days, which will work to achieve a balance between personal life and work requirements, and enhance interdependence between employees and their families. And it gives them the opportunity to enjoy a longer weekend (from noon on Friday until Sunday evening), which reflects positively on family relations, and contributes to raising productivity and performance at work.

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources had submitted a proposal for the new system of weekly work, and included it with normative studies at the level of countries in the region, and a comprehensive feasibility study to monitor the expected results in terms of raising labor productivity in the government sector, and stimulating the economic movement in the country, by increasing local consumption, in addition to Strengthening family and community relations.

• 8 working hours from Monday to Thursday.. from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

• The possibility of applying flexible working hours, and working remotely on Fridays in the federal entities.


• The decision will be implemented starting from January 1, 2022, and Sunday, January 2, is an official holiday.


• The decision contributes to enhancing family life, and achieves a qualitative leap in the state's economic performance.

4 local governments adopt changing the weekly work system

The Abu Dhabi government has adopted changing the weekly work system in the emirate, in line with the vision of the UAE to enhance its competitive position globally in the economic and business sectors, and to keep pace with global developments and trends.

According to the decision, the new system of weekly work will be applied in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to all government agencies, with working days from Monday to Thursday, and half a working day on Friday.

The Dubai government also announced the change of the weekly work system in the emirate, to comply with the new system in the federal government, and apply it to all government agencies in the Emirates, starting from January 1, 2022.

The government of the Emirate of Ajman has adopted changing the weekly work system in the emirate in line with the vision of the UAE to enhance its competitive position globally in the economic and business sectors, and to keep pace with global developments and trends.

According to the decision, the new system of weekly work will be applied in the Emirate of Ajman to all government agencies, with working days from Monday to Thursday and half working days on Friday.

The Umm Al Quwain government also adopted changing the weekly work system in line with the vision of the United Arab Emirates, to enhance its position on the business map as a global economic center, and to keep pace with global developments and trends.

According to the decision, the new system of weekly work will be applied in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain to all government agencies, with working days from Monday to Thursday and half working days on Friday.


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