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UAE Minister: Private sectors not obligated to change working week


Private sector companies in the UAE are not obligated to change their weekends to Saturday and Sunday, a top official from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MOHRE) said on Tuesday. 

The change in weekends is expected to help companies to become competitive and enhance their economic competitiveness and growth, Dr. Abdulahman Al Awar, Minister of MOHRE, told The National. 

He emphasized that there is a legal limit to the number of hours employers can asl staff to work. 

“The Labour Law discusses the maximum working hours per law, which are 48 hours a week, and they can choose to have shorter working hours if the companies wish, but they cannot exceed that,” the minister said. 

“That is to protect the work relationship, between the rights of employees and their rights of employers. The private sector is to decide to choose how many working hours and working days they wish and they will allow a day off at minimum as a weekend,” he added. 

He, however, believes that private sector companies will adjust their weekends to Saturday and Sunday. 

“They make their decisions based on what they feel will improve their competitive position and they will make wise decisions that suit their companies,” Al Awar said. 

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