UAE Authority urges for Flexible Work Arrangements Amid Unstable Weather Conditions
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation in the UAE has urged private sector companies to permit employees to work remotely on Monday, February 12, due to adverse weather conditions.
The ministry emphasized the importance of implementing flexible work arrangements in response to alerts issued by the weather department, which indicated hazardous conditions.
Companies should prioritize the health and safety of their workers commuting to and from outdoor areas and guarantee compliance with occupational health and safety criteria for outdoor work, if required, according to a statement from the Ministry.
Meanwhile, government employees in Dubai have been granted permission to work from home on February 12. This decision applies to all government agencies in Dubai, except for positions that require physical presence in the workplace.
Residents across the UAE have been cautioned about inclement weather conditions, with six out of seven emirates experiencing moderate to heavy rainfall accompanied by lightning and thunder on Sunday. The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) recorded rainfall in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ajman, and Ras Al Khaimah.
According to the Ministry of Interior, the country is currently experiencing varying intensities of rain and winds, along with thunder, lightning, and hail. These unstable conditions have led to reduced horizontal visibility on roads.
In response to the weather conditions, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has advised private schools, nurseries, and universities to offer distance learning options to students on February 12. Institutions are encouraged to adopt flexible learning approaches, considering the needs of parents, staff, and students.
Furthermore, government schools have been instructed to conduct mandatory distance learning for students on Monday, taking into account the turbulent weather conditions and ensuring the safety of all individuals involved.