Saudi Arabia to possibly implement 3-day weekend system

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Saudi Arabia to possibly implement 3-day weekend system

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social said that the country is considering the possibility of a 3-day weekend system.

The Ministry declares that it regularly reviews the relevant regulations while researching the current work system.

The new rule mandates that employees in Abu Dhabi and Dubai work four and a half days each week. Friday will be a half-day, and Saturday and Sunday will be holidays.

The Executive Council in the Emirate of Sharjah approved the weekly leave to be increased to three days (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) by the Ruler of Sharjah, His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi.

According to a report, the new weekly work schedule instituted by the Sharjah government has increased productivity, employee satisfaction, and pleasure by nearly 90 percent.

The most notable findings included an increase in employee productivity in 88 percent of the entities, an increase in positive employee communication of 81 percent, a rate of providing e-government services of 61 percent, an increase in attendance of 74 percent, an increase in innovation and creativity of 76 percent, and a decrease in sick leave of 46 percent.

Oman is reportedly preparing to transition to a three-day weekend.

The UAE is the first nation in the Middle East to introduce the three-day weekend and two-and-a-half-day holiday in the Sharjah emirate. It is also the first country in the world to adopt a shorter national work week than the standard five-day week.

The new system was implemented by the UAE government on January 1, 2022. KD/Expat Media


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