UAE could soon be moving to a Saturday-Sunday weekend
Much like the rest of the world, the UAE might also be changing its weekend to Saturday and Sunday as opposed to the Friday, Saturday currently being observed. While no government officials have confirmed or hinted at this change, two prominent Emiratis have shared the potential change on their Twitter handles, reported Esquire Middle East.
Dr. Habib Al Mulla, a respected Emirati lawyer shared that a Saturday-Sunday weekend is being considered so that international businesses can operate on the same days that the rest of the world does. He tweeted: "There's a possibility that work will be on Friday from home or only half a day, and therefore the two good deeds will be combined." Dr. Habib Al Mulla is often consulted to draft and advise on Federal and Emirate-level law in the UAE as stated in his biography.
Dr. Habib Al Mulla's tweet comes in response to another prominent Emirati figure Hussain Musharbek who wrote: "Goodbye Thursday forever! Change is coming soon." For the public sector, this could mean that the work-week will now only be four-days long with the week started on Monday and ending on Thursday. However, the same will not be applicable to the private sector, Dr. Habib Al Mulla added.
Earlier, Arab countries observed the weekend on Thursday and Friday, but in May 2006, the UAE made the decision change its weekends to Friday-Saturday. The same protocol was soon followed by the rest of the Arab countries then.