change in weekend in the UAE : Is this decision in the interest of expatriate workers?
Uae Residents previous change in weekends believe that it will not be such a drastic change in daily routine and only lead to betterment of living standards and the economy.
Weekend in the Emirates
UAE shifted its weekends on three different occasions:
- 1971-1999: Friday was the official weekend.
- 1999-2006: The UAE added Thursday to the weekend.
- 2006-2021: The weekend was shifted to Friday-Saturday.
Ali Al Sayed Ibrahim said that the earlier transitions had only resulted in improvement of living conditions. “It was a successful change in the past and this will surely turn out to be a successful one. Friday had been a day for weekend in both the prior changes, but now Friday is a partial working day. In Islam, it is not forbidden to work on a Friday and the government has decided the best to end the work hours one and half hour before the prayer time,”
Ali Sayed also highlighted that the earlier decisions helped boost business and the economy, and this new change will do the same.
Lebanese expat Youssef said the change is a great move. “The earlier change in weekend indeed was beneficial for the country as well as for families living in the UAE. And this is also a great move to bring our economy and business in line with international standards.”
Spanish expat Montesserat, who has Living in the UAE since 1990 said the previous changes had resulted in major improvement in her business. “The UAE government will not decide on something without before studying on a plan. The earlier moves did not have much difference in my personal life as a resting day is a resting day,” she said pointing out the human characteristic of adjusting to any change and situation. “We tend to adjust to our surroundings,” she said. “Surely, now the banking will be better and also the productivity will increase.”
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