The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have decided to switch from having their weekends start on Friday to having them start on Saturday.
The authorities in Dubai said the change from a Friday-Saturday weekend to a Saturday-Sunday one will be in line with the rest of the world’s markets.
The change is set to take effect on January 1st, 2022.
According to Reuters, the weekend will start on Friday afternoon, including for schools, a government circular said.
“Each company, depending on the sector they operate in and what suits and serves their business best, can choose the weekend they decide for their employees”, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation Abdulrahman al-Awar told Reuters.
The UAE said the move would “ensure smooth financial, trade and economic transactions with countries that follow a Saturday-Sunday weekend, facilitating stronger international business links and opportunities” for UAE-based and multinational firms.