UAE Declares 3-Day Weekend Paid New Year Holiday for For Government Employees

The UAE's Ministry of Human Resources has formally declared Monday, January 1, 2024, to be a national holiday for all workers in the private sector.

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This announcement offers the good news that private sector workers will be able to take advantage of a longer weekend when the new year begins.

Ministry's Announcement on Social Media

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation conveyed the noteworthy information through a tweet, stating, "The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation declares Monday, January 1, 2024, as a New Year’s Day paid holiday for all private sector employees in the UAE." This announcement underscores our commitment to ensuring that the nation's workforce can celebrate significant life events with their families.

Federal Government Employees Also Granted Holiday

Informing federal government employees about the New Year break earlier that day, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources posted on Instagram. Their advice states that employees of the federal government will have Monday, January 1st, as a public holiday.

Anticipated Public Holidays for 2024

As the year draws to a close, residents may look forward to at least 13 public holidays in 2024, according to a list released earlier this month by the UAE Cabinet. Curiously, there's a possibility that four of the official seven occurrences will result in extended weekends. The longest holiday on the calendar, lasting six days, offers plenty of time for people to unwind and engage in various activities.

The government's focus on work-life balance

This decision aligns with the UAE government's ongoing commitment to promoting a healthy work-life balance. By granting extended breaks on significant occasions, authorities aim to contribute to the well-being and happiness of the workforce, fostering a positive and motivated professional environment.

As private sector employees plan for the upcoming year, the announcement provides the opportunity to make arrangements for celebrations, travel, and quality time with family and friends during the extended holiday period.

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