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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
A report by UK based Times daily has once again started the debate over UAE’s planned weekend change.
According to the report in Times, UAE is considering Monday-Friday week and marking Saturday and Sunday as official weekend.
So far there is no reaction from the UAE government over the latest Times report, however, in past UAE has clearly denied these speculations.
The State news agency WAM in May this year had issued a statement denying any move by the UAE to switch the weekend.
WAM then had quoted its executive director Mohammed Jalal Al Raisi as saying that the news that has been spreading on social media that government was planning to make some changes to the weekend is fake.
“No such news has been issued by the government and people should stop circulating such false information as it is misleading residents,” Al Raisi had said further.
In 2006, the UAE government switched its official Thursday-Friday weekend to Friday-Saturday. This was done to help business relations by increasing shared office hours with Western countries and to provide a more familiar structure for international visitors.
The UAE Public Prosecution confirmed that whoever spreads false rumours to cause panic among people or harm the public interest would be punished by the Federal Penal Code.
The Public Prosecution stated that paragraph 1 of Article 198 of the Federal Penal Code stipulates that whoever intentionally spreads false or malicious news, statements or rumours to disturb public security, cause panic among people or harm public interest will be sentenced to no less than one year in jail.
The authority said: "We will work with our colleagues in the educational community in Dubai to ensure a smooth transition in line with the new decision."
The UAE is slashing its official working week to four-and-a-half days and moving its weekend to Saturday and Sunday in a major shift aimed at improving competitiveness, officials said on Tuesday.
It said that all banks operating in the country must open their branches to provide services to the public for at least five hours a day and for a period of six days, including Fridays.
The murder of 25-year-old computer science student Al Walid Al Gharbi took place last Monday inside a house in Building No. 300 on Hansberry St, Philadelphia, when they found the young man with a stab wound in the neck in the bathroom on the third floor.
“The deliberate shelling of active civilian medical facilities and the targeted killing of civilians are grave war crimes of the Kyiv regime and its Western masters,” the Russian foreign ministry said.
The typing centres affirmed that the entry permit application was activated since last Friday and covered all types of residence visas, noting that the holder of a UAE residence visa who stayed abroad for more than 6 months can apply for the entry permit.
Jabal Jais in Ras Al Khaimah recorded the lowest temperature of 1.9°C at 4:15 am on Sunday. Jabal Al Rahba in RAK also recorded 4.2°C. and Jabal Mabrah recorded 4.6 °C, while Rukna in the city of Al Ain in Abu Dhabi, recorded 6.7°C.