Saudi Arabia has indicated that it is evaluating the growth of the country’s work system, intending to limit official working hours in government institutions to four days per week, rather than three.
This method is designed to attract investment, boost creativity, and provide new job opportunities.
In a news conference, Saudi Minister of Human Resources Ahmed Al-Rajhi said his country is considering modifying the work schedule for the government and federal sectors of the state to four working days and three days off, or four and a half days of work, instead of two and a half days off per week.
The minister continued, “This development intends to attract investors, promote creativity, and offer new opportunities.”
It’s worth noting that the Saudi trend is the first of its sort; the UAE’s Minister of Labor announced the implementation of a new weekly work schedule for the country’s federal government sector.
The new approach, according to Saudi media, boosts the Kingdom’s economic and business competitiveness globally.