UAE: The official sector of Sharjah, in the southern Gulf, announced on Thursday that the official sector will have a three-day weekend. The decision comes after the UAE announced on Tuesday that it will reduce the official working week to four and a half days and shift the weekend to Saturday and Sunday. The Sharjah Executive Council went on to say that their decision was made in keeping with the UAE aim to boost its competitive position.
The Sharjah government’s working week will be cut to Monday to Thursday, with the weekend being between Friday and Sunday. The changeover, which is set to go into effect on January 1, will help the business climate and the economic market stay abreast of global growth. The resource-rich and ambitious UAE has become the only Gulf country without a Friday-Saturday weekend, bringing it out of step with the rest of the globe.