UAE firms and schools resume remote work due to weather concerns

On February 13, businesses and educational institutions in the United Arab Emirates are once again advised to adopt remote operations for safety amid persistent weather worries.

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Government organisations are directed to observe a remote-working day by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai. The objective of this decision is to preserve operational effectiveness while guaranteeing worker safety.

All Dubai government employees are required to work remotely on February 13, with the exception of those with vital tasks that require physical presence at the workplace, according to a statement circulated on social media. This preemptive action demonstrates the government's dedication to putting employee welfare first, even in inclement weather.

Private sector companies throughout the United Arab Emirates are urged to follow government instructions and establish adaptable work schedules on the designated day. Ensuring adherence to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) protocols is paramount, particularly for outdoor activities, as emphasized by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE). Employers are advised to implement necessary measures to ensure the well-being of their employees during commuting and work-related activities.

Beginning on February 13, government schools in the United Arab Emirates will provide classes via remote learning. In order to protect staff and students from adverse weather, the Emirates Education Foundation took this decision. With persistent rain expected until February 13, the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has released weather alerts. To reduce the dangers related to outdoor activities and commuting, it is recommended that offices and schools across the country provide remote working and learning services in response to these projections.

These proactive measures underscore the UAE's commitment to prioritising safety and well-being during adverse weather conditions. By embracing remote operations, workplaces and schools can ensure continuity of operations while safeguarding individuals from potential risks associated with severe weather events.

Moreover, the adoption of remote working and learning arrangements on February 13 reflects a coordinated effort by government authorities, private sector entities, and educational institutions to prioritise safety and mitigate risks associated with adverse weather conditions in the UAE.

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