UAE 4 Day Work Week – All you need to know

UAEUAE 4 Day Work Week - All you need to know

ABU DHABI, UAE: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has denied a news report circulating on social media platforms regarding the change of working hours for the federal government employees from July 01, 2023.

Earlier it was reported that the UAE federal government employees may be able to switch to a four-day work week and a three-day weekend under new working rules to be applied from July 01.UAE 4 Day Work Week - All you need to know

However, the UAE’s Federal Authority for Government Human Resources has clarified that no change with regards to the working hours has been made with the beginning of July 2023.

The authority urged the public and social media users to investigate the authenticity of what is published and to verify news and information from the official website and its social media platforms.

The authority affirmed that the executive regulation of the Human Resources Law is specialized in what has been introduced from employment patterns and new types of work such as part-time, temporary work, flexible work, working from the workplace or remote work within and outside the state, hybrid and compressed hours.

It said that the “compressed work” system is one of a kind in a group of work types designed to enhance the flexibility of the government work environment and facilitate achievement.

It further said that the application of the “compressed work” system is subject to specific, clear and exceptional regulations related to the privacy of each federal party and specific jobs.UAE 4 Day Work Week - All you need to know

The authority said that the system is allowed to be applied in exceptional cases in accordance with the regulations specified in the human resources evidence, only with the approval of the head of the party, and within a specified and short time period.


Earlier the reports circulated on social media further stated that from July 01, some government employees under certain circumstances may be able to complete their set weekly hours in four days – working no more than 10 hours per day or 40 hours per week. It would require the agreement of both employee and employer.

Employees working a 10-hour day and four-day will be classified as working a compressed working week.

In that circumstance, an employee has a three-day weekend, the reports stated.

UAE 4 Day Work Week - All you need to know

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