Sheikh Hamdan leads work from home initiative in Dubai

For the better part of 2020, many across Dubai and the globe have been working from home.

However, some have now returned to offices and that includes Dubai government employees, who returned to their offices at the end of June.

But in a recent move made by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, a work-from-home system has been approved under his leadership and is supported by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The Crown Prince of Dubai that the new “flexible working system” has been put in place to champion the latest developments in tech which promotes remote working, but also allows for a new working model which will pave the way for new job opportunities in the future.

“Remote work is one of the solutions that proved successful in maintaining the sustainability of business during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Sheikh Hamdan said. “It is a flexible system that enables an employee to discharge his tasks and helps him be more creative.”

His Highness also outlined that the Dubai government firmly “embraces the future” and finds “proactive solutions to challenges”.

“We have the potential to strengthen our preparedness and harness the tools that support our forward approaches and focus on making the best use of opportunities,” he said.

A number of private sector companies have the same thinking, including leading Middle Eastern company Careem.

The business giant, which has its headquarters in Dubai, revealed to back in September that the business would be going remote-first.

Careem’s 1,300 employees can now work from any location within the business’ employment market which spreads across 36 offices in 13 different markets. As part of the move, employees will be able to work from any worldwide location for up to a month.

It’s clear that this new model of working is here to stay, and perhaps the traditional nine to five is gone forever.

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