The United Arab Emirates is cutting its working week to four-and-a-half days and changing the days of its weekend.
The move comes with an aim to help improve the countries competitiveness in the world market.
The moves will see weekends moved from Friday-Saturday to Friday -Sunday. Also the “national working week” will start on the 1 January and all business must follow it.
The move will bring the resource-rich and ambitious UAE into line with the non-Arab world.
Under the new timetable, those working for the government will start their weekends at noon on Fridays and end on Sunday. Friday prayers at mosques will be held after 1.15pm all year round.