UAE weekend change: New Year’s Day 2022 will be a three-day holiday

The UAE has given people the ultimate New Year’s Eve gift: a three-day holiday.

The country will switch to a four-and-a-half-day workweek on January 1, 2022, with Saturday, Sunday, and Friday half-days composing the new weekend.

This year, December 31 falls on a Friday. The day would be an official holiday because it is still 2021. Saturday, January 1st, is also a holiday. Because the new workweek begins on January 1, Sunday, January 2 is also a holiday.

This implies that federal employees and certain private-sector workers will have three days off: December 31, January 1, and January 2.

From the start of the new year, government employees will switch to the new workweek. Companies in the private sector have been advised to alter their internal rules and regulations to “maximize gains from the new system.”