More Holidays for UAE Private Sector?
Listen up, folks! Private sector weekends and public holidays may soon be brought in line with those of government employees.
The National reported, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister, announced the move to adjust the holidays on 12 February. Speaking on the second day of a Government Summit in Dubai, he said this was part of efforts to make private sector employment more appealing to Emiratis, a sector in which he said 30,000 new positions were available.
"The Minister of Labour has been assigned to adjust the working hours and days of the private sector to be more compatible with those of the public sector," said Sheikh Mansour.
The current law only grants a day a week of mandatory rest for private sector workers, whereas government employees have two days off and are also allotted longer public holidays. As a result, many private sector employees work an extra 57 days a year.