Long weekend confirmed in UAE for Hijri New Year

The UAE Government has confirmed our next long weekend as Thursday, August 12, has been announced as a public holiday.

The Federal Authority For Government Human Resources (FAHR) announced today that the UAE will have a public holiday to mark the Hijri New Year holiday on Thursday, August 12.

And they confirmed it will be a long weekend in the UAE as we’ll only be expected back to work on the Sunday.

The public holiday marks the start of the new Islamic year 1442. This is historically the day when Prophet Mohammed migrated from Makkah to Madinah.

Dubai tops global pay packages with workers keeping most of their salary

A new global poll has revealed that employees in Dubai have the highest take-home salary due to the low tax rates in the region.

UK accountants PWC pulled together data from 14 of the biggest cities and countries in the world including Hong Kong, New York and Germany.

And it shows that Dubai workers get to keep most of their salary. That’s thanks to the largely tax-free structure in the UAE where a low rate of VAT has only just been added.

The data compares take-home salaries after tax and social security payments.

So if you want to keep all of your salary, then you know where you should live!