Sharjah declares four-day work week for public sector
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Sharjah declares four-day work week for public sector

Sharjah declares four-day work week for public sector

It becomes the first government within the Middle East to declare a permanent three-day weekend for all its employees


On Thursday, Sharjah declared a four day work week for public sector employees in the emirate.

It will thus offer these employees a three-day weekend. The decision goes into effect on January 1, 2022.

Sharjah government employees will therefore work from Monday-Thursday. Their weekend will extend from Friday-Sunday.

However, the duration that these employees work during the week will increase. They will work from 7.30am to 3.30pm, which is 60 to 90 minutes longer than they currently do.

The UAE earlier this week announced a four-and-a-half day working week for federal government employees. The new working week for them will run from Monday until Thursday, 7.30am to 3.30pm, and on Friday from 7.30am to 12pm.

Local governments in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, have already declared that their government employees will follow the same working week schedule as federal government employees.

Read: UAE switches weekend, announces four-and-a-half-day working week

Private sector companies in the UAE can decide whether or not they want to adopt the new weekend policy, but have been urged to do so.

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