UAE: New Year holiday announced for private sector

Starting January 1, 2022, the country will transition into a four-and-a-half-day workweek



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Published: Sun 19 Dec 2021, 3:52 PM

Last updated: Sun 19 Dec 2021, 3:57 PM

Private sector employees in the UAE will get a day off to celebrate the New Year.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has announced that Saturday, January 1, 2022, would be a holiday for the private sector.

The country’s Federal Authority for Government Human Resources had earlier today announced that January 1 would be a day off for the government sector.

Starting January 1, 2022, the country will transition into a four-and-a-half-day workweek, with Saturday, Sunday and Friday half-day forming the new weekend.

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December 31 is a Friday this year. Since it’s still in 2021, the day would be an official holiday. Saturday, January 1, is a holiday as well. Because the new workweek takes effect from the New Year, Sunday, January 2, is a holiday, too.

That means government workers and some private sector employees will get three days off: December 31, January 1 and January 2.


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