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Dubai: UAE announced on Tuesday that it will transition to a four-and-a half-day working week, with Friday afternoon, Saturday, and Sunday forming the new weekend. All Federal government departments will move to the new weekend from January 1, 2022.

The authorities added that with this move, the UAE has become the first nation in the world to introduce a national working week shorter than the global five-day week.

What is the approved weekly holiday period according to the new system?

The weekly holiday has been extended for two and a half days nationwide in the public sector, and will be from Saturday to Sunday, with Friday becoming half a working day.

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