The United Arab Emirates is breaking ranks with the rest of the Gulf by moving governmental employees’ weekends to Saturday and Sunday as part of a campaign to attract international investment and business. The United Arab Emirates is attempting to recast itself as a worldwide business center, despite the fact that it has been the Middle East’s commercial capital for more than a decade and is facing increasing regional competition from Saudi Arabia. It presently operates on a Sunday-to-Thursday schedule, similar to other Gulf countries such as Saudi Arabia. The changes, which the government claims would allow the UAE to better align with global markets, will take effect on Jan. 1 and will affect the public sector and schools.
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