United Arab Emirates, first country to officially introduce 4.5-day week

The United Arab Mirats, first country to officially introduce the week of 4.5 days

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The United Arab Emirates, in the Middle East, will introduce the 4.5-day work week to all public sector workers in January, making them the first country in the world to introduce this model.

Employees will now work Monday through Friday and finish their last day of the week at noon. & nbsp;

The country also took the opportunity to review the schedule of its workers, which could be perceived as out of the ordinary in the eyes of Westerners. Rather than having leave on Fridays and Saturdays, the Emiratis concerned will now be at rest on Saturdays and Sundays. Their weekend will begin an hour before Friday prayers, the day of gathering in Islam, reports the Courrier international . No changes for the private sector have been announced, Forbes reports.

As the Emirati news agency reports ( Emirates News Agency ), the United Arab Emirates, known for its oil production and skyscrapers, would be “the first country in the world to introduce a work week shorter than five days”.

The economic benefit is significant. The federation becomes the first Gulf country with a weekend on Saturday and Sunday. The Emirates will have the same schedule as Europe and Asia and this will allow them “to improve their international activities, which are an important sector of the economy,” Scott Livermore, chief economist, told AFP on Tuesday. at Oxford Economics Middle East, a UK analytical center.

Also according to the announcement, this would allow this extended weekend to be done “as part of the UAE government's efforts to improve the work-life balance as well as well-being in society ”.

Four-day week in Quebec

Eh yes. Here too, companies want to switch to the four-day week.

The t-shirt company with funky Poches et Fils designs, the video game studio Eidos and the young shoot Edibox, have among others adopted the four-day week. & nbsp; & nbsp;

Projects in Iceland, Spain and more

The city of Reykjavik, Iceland

Several similar pilot projects are currently being carried out around the world. Spain is in particular testing a four-day work week to respond to the many challenges created by the pandemic.

On the New Zealand side, the multinational Unilever is leading a pilot project that gives the possibility for its employees to reduce their working hours by 20% without impact on the salary. & nbsp;

Finally, a report from the 4 Day Week Campaign, an English non-profit organization, shows that a four-day week could reduce the UK's carbon footprint by 127 million tonnes per year, the equivalent of removing 27 million cars on the road.

In Iceland, between 2015 and 2019, 2,500 workers, or around 1% of Iceland's working-age population, went from a 40-hour week to a 35 to 36 hour week, with no reduction in pay. The researchers, from the Association for Sustainable Democracy (Alda), in Iceland, and the Autonomy group, in the United Kingdom, wanted to pave the way for future global experiments around the same issue.

With Anne-Sophie Roy, AFP and TVA Nouvelles

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