UAE : Call for flexible working for private sector on Monday amid weather warnings

Prince of Dubai instructs government employees to work remotely on Monday

The UAE government has issued a general appeal for private sector enterprises to implement flexible working arrangements on Monday in anticipation of severe weather conditions such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, and high winds.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation underlined the importance of companies prioritizing worker safety, asking them to take the required steps to comply with occupational health and safety regulations.

The National Centre of Meteorology issued alerts, including a yellow notice for terrible weather and an orange alert for dangerous weather events, until noon on Tuesday.

Due to the uncertain weather, Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority, which is in charge of regulating private education, advised schools and colleges to provide remote learning on Monday. The Sharjah Private Education Authority urged similar safeguards, requiring remote learning in all of the emirate’s educational establishments.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, directed government employees to work remotely on Monday, except for positions that need on-site presence. Abu Dhabi also announced the launch of remote work and distant learning on Monday, emphasizing the exclusion of positions that need a physical presence at the office.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) organized meetings to develop action plans for the upcoming severe weather, to minimize inconvenience to the public and businesses while promoting safety. NCEMA advised motorists to use great caution, avoid flooded and hilly regions and gave the advice to improve road safety.

The National Centre of Meteorology in the UAE issued a warning of severe rain, wind, lightning, thunder, and hail, as well as falling temperatures. A surface low-pressure system from the southwest, coupled with humid south-easterly winds, leads to poor weather conditions. The NCM recorded downpours in numerous places and shared images of flooded roadways on social media.

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Abu Dhabi Police recommended drivers exercise caution amid rainy weather, with fluctuating speed restrictions shown on electronic signboards. To preserve road safety, the police emphasized the need to adhere to lower speed restrictions during poor weather conditions such as heavy rain and fog.

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