Posted 11th January 2022
On 1st January 2022 the United Arab Emirates was the first country in the world to adopt a 4.5 day working week. Shifting from a previous Sunday-Thursday week, public sector businesses are now open from Monday to midday Friday, a move that aligns with the global market. At present this does not apply to the private sector, who can choose whether to adopt the new working hours, but the premise for this change has been to attract overseas investment and diversify the economy.
Although this move showcases the potential for a decreased working week to boost productivity, the implications for aligning the week with other key global markets could have a significant impact on the way we communicate and trade with partners across UAE.
Baxter Freight’s vast network of suppliers enables us to provide the best and most flexible logistics solutions to our customers. Our partners in the UAE, who operate in the private sector, have seen the opportunity to create closer links with the wider market and will adopt the changes, operating full-time Monday to Friday, plus a half-day on Saturday.
Jill Anstey, from our Sea Freight team at Baxter Freight states:
This is positive news for Baxter Freight as it helps to support our customer-focused approach to logistics. This step helps us provide better communication to our customers on freight movements and pricing in real time, as we have better alignment with the working week, helping cement our UAE presence.
The UAE is home to many international businesses with over 5,000 UK-based businesses operating in the UAE. Jill has been working together with our UAE suppliers to provide more import and export solutions for this region.