Dubai directs private sector companies to work from home

The directive is effective from March 25 until April 9

The Dubai government has announced remote working directives for the private sector on Wednesday, March 25.

Dubai Economy, the entity that regulates businesses in the emirate, has directed all private sector firms and commercial establishments sans pharmacies, cooperative societies, grocery stores, and supermarkets, to implement a remote working system for 80 per cent of their employees.

The directive is effective from March 25 until April 9.


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Beginning March 10, the Dubai government commenced the introduction of a work-from-home policy for selected federal departments in the emirate.

Read: Dubai begins work-from-home for federal government employees

The latest directive is part of what has been a series of decisions undertaken by the state to try and contain the Covid-19 contagion that has spread to over 300 people across the country.

Besides announcing the closure of passengers flights and retail spaces, the UAE government has also urged people to stay at home and only leave for running essential tasks.

Read: UAE urges all residents to stay home as it closes malls, makes restaurants delivery-only