UAE weekend shift to leave flexibility to private sector, minister says

DUBAI, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Private companies in the United Arab Emirates will have flexibility to choose their working week, a UAE minister said, after the announcement of a new a working week of four and half days with a Saturday-Sunday weekend from the start of next year.

“Each company, depending on the sector they operate in and what suits and serves their business best, can choose the weekend they decide for their employee”, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation Abdulrahman al-Awar told Reuters.

The UAE central bank will shift to the newly announced working week and will likely issue detailed guidance to commercial banks on the new working hours, he said.

Reporting by Davide Barbuscia; Editing by Jon Boyle