Weekend in Dubai: What’s it Like?


Weekend in Dubai or the UAE as a whole is different and as a new expat, that must be one of the many things you need to adjust. Fridays are holy days in the Islamic world so all offices are closed. There’s no work or school on Friday.

The UAE weekend has different patterns, depending on the company you work for.

  • Friday-Saturday – the most common weekend, it is also the weekend for all schools
  • Thursday afternoon-Friday – stingy companies implement this
  • Friday only – just plain abuse

Our weekend schedule is globally unsynchronized. On Fridays when people from other countries are still working, making transactions and sealing deals, we are either at home, at the church, at the beach or at the malls. And when people living outside the UAE are enoying the Sunday sun, having picnic and barbeques outside, we are working.

Crazy stuff.

At first, it was hard for me to adjust to working on Saturdays and Sundays. I felt it was just not right! But then, what can an employee do but follow. The popular expression among expats here ring in my head, “If you don’t like it then leave.”




  1. says

    You know what they say… when in Vegas. Oh wait, it’s when in Rome. Either way, glad you got used to it. It’s one thing to not want to and go in with that, and another to assimilate. Peace of mind is better when you give in a little. But you still get your personal time, so that’s good.
    .-= Urban Thought´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday: Over The Edge =-.

  2. says

    What a beautiful photograph, I would love to be on a boat on the water in warm weather right now.
    My hubby used to work six days a week every week and always on the weekend because he worked in retail food. The busiest times of the week are on the weekends, so he always had to work them. It was always hard for us to plan something for the family. He did like having aday off during the week to get all of his other things done however, i.e. doctor’s appointments, haircuts (when he had hair :-) ), banking, etc.
    Wish you were able to get both Saturday & Sunday off, maybe some day soon.
    .-= Lorie Shewbridge´s last blog ..Tim Hawkins: Things You Don’t Say to Your Wife =-.

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