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Federal Authority for Government Human Resources: New Weekly Working System and the role of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR)

Thursday January 20, 2022

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources played a pivotal role in preparing for the implementation of the new workweek system at the Federal Government sector, which was announced by the UAE Government at the end of 2021, to take force as of the beginning of 2022. where the actual working days became four and a half working days, from the day on. Monday to Thursday, half working days on Friday, and Saturday and Sunday weekends.

The Authority had submitted a proposal for the new system of weekly work and included it with normative studies at the level of countries in the region and a comprehensive feasibility study to monitor the expected results in terms of raising labor productivity in the government sector, stimulating the economic movement in the country by increasing local consumption, as well as strengthening family and community relations.

 The new system is aimed at strengthening the UAE's position on the business map as a global economic center, as it will contribute to integration of the national economy with various economies and markets worldwide. The move will also ensure smooth financial, trade and economic transactions with countries that follow a Saturday/Sunday weekend, facilitating stronger international business links and opportunities for thousands of UAE-based and multinational companies.

Moreover, the new workweek is expected to support the financial sector, by harmonizing with working days in international stock exchanges, financial markets, and international banks, thus enhancing the performance of stock markets, banks, insurance companies, and foreign trade in the country.

It is expected that the new system will improve performance and productivity of the government work, enhance the country's competitiveness and consolidate its position among the world's best countries for working and living, and support the flexibility of government work and its ability to quickly adapt to any changes and developments around the world, enhance performance and productivity, and establish the quality of life in the work environment.

Hamad Buamim

Director of Policy and Legal Affairs

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources