Sharjah Extends Remote Work for Government Employees Amid Heavy Rains

Sharjah extends remote work until April 18, 2024, due to severe weather conditions, highlighting the government's commitment to employee safety. Dubai also extends remote work, with private schools continuing distance learning.

Emmanuel Abara Benson
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Sharjah Extends Remote Work for Government Employees Amid Heavy Rains

Sharjah Extends Remote Work for Government Employees Amid Heavy Rains

The Sharjah Department of Human Resources has announced that remote work will be extended until Thursday, April 18, 2024, for all employees in Sharjah government departments, bodies, and institutions due to the ongoing inclement weather conditions.

This decision marks the third consecutive day that the emirate has implemented remote work measures as a precaution against the severe weather, with some parts of the country receiving nearly a year's worth of rainfall in just a few hours.

The announcement excludes jobs that require employees to be physically present at the workplace. Private sector firms have also been urged to prioritize the safety of their employees, though some had to brave the storm to fulfill their duties. The UAE has experienced one of the heaviest rainfalls, leading to flooding of roads, parking lots, and wadis.

Why this matters: The extension of remote work measures in Sharjah highlights the government's commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of its employees during severe weather conditions. This decision also serves as an example for other organizations to prioritize the safety of their workforce during challenging times.

In a similar move, the Dubai government has also extended remote work for its employees until Friday, April 19, with exceptions for jobs that require on-site presence. Private educational institutions in Dubai have been instructed to continue with distance learning measures on Thursday, April 18, and Friday, April 19.

The UAE government has reaffirmed that the safety and security of citizens and residents is the top priority. President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has emphasized this commitment, and authorities have confirmed the end of severe weather conditions, with efforts now focused on completing the recovery phase in affected areas.

The heavy rains have caused significant disruptions across the country, with waterlogged streets and uprooted trees reported in various locations. Despite the government's recommendation, several private sector employees were still obligated to commute to their offices. The authority has warned the public to avoid flowing valleys during the hazardous rainy weather.

Key Takeaways

  • Sharjah extended remote work for government employees until April 18, 2024 due to heavy rain.
  • Dubai government also extended remote work for employees until April 19, with exceptions.
  • Private schools in Dubai were instructed to continue distance learning on April 18-19.
  • UAE prioritizes the safety of citizens, with recovery efforts underway in affected areas.
  • Some private sector employees still required to commute despite govt recommendations.