The United Arab Emirates just announced some big changes to its work schedule.
The Gulf nation is transitioning to a 4.5-day workweek, with weekends to consist of Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday.
That’s significant for two reasons: It likely makes the UAE the first nation to formalize a workweek shorter than five days, and it also brings the country more in line with Western schedules. Up until now, the UAE has had a Friday-Saturday weekend, which is the standard in many predominantly Muslim countries.
The United Arab Emirates is transitioning to a 4-and-a-half day workweek aimed at enhancing social wellbeing. The change likely makes it the first nation to formalize a workweek shorter than 5 days.https://t.co/aNMC9ObAIY
— NPR (@NPR) December 8, 2021