UAE Shifts to Four and Half day Workweek: Another Bid to Attract Investments

Global Economic Impact of Coronavirus – Assessment and Mitigation (B)
Case Code: BENV044
Case Length: 6 Pages
Pub Date: 2022
Teaching Note: Available
Price: Rs.300
Organization: United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Themes: Macroeconomic Environment, Ease of Doing Business, Government Policies,Government & Economy
Global Economic Impact of Coronavirus – Assessment and Mitigation (B)
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Changes to Attract Investments

The UAE had a population of 10 million in 2021 . Of them, 88.5% were foreigners . Some of the existing laws were expatriate unfriendly. Typically, for expatriates working in the UAE, residency was based on their employment visa. These visas needed to be renewed every three years. Foreigners were not allowed to own property in UAE. This deterred many expatriates from considering the UAE as home. In 2020, the government eased the rules slightly, and gave a 10-year visa to professionals and highly skilled individuals..


The government claimed that the new workweek was proposed considering its positive impact on the economy and wellbeing of people, and also social and family ties. Analysts said the shorter workweek would bolster business and tourism in the region. This was particularly important as the region was facing tough competition from several neighboring countries, including Saudi Arabia..

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