Dubai’s DED enforces work from home policy for private sector

New measures put in place immediately to help curb spread of COVID-19 coronavirus

Dubai’s DED enforces work from home policy for private sector

Dubai’s Department of Economic Development have, with immediate effect, announced that all private sector companies must enforce remote working for its employees.

In a statement and in an attempt to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the DED has announced that all private sector companies and commercial establishments (with some exceptions) must implement remote working systems for 80 percent of employees.

The new measures are applicable to all companies in the private sector excluding pharmacies, cooperative societies, grocery stores and supermarkets (which are free to operate 24 hours a day, as we reported earlier).

With the DED having already closed a number of commercial activities from today, Wednesday March 25, the new directive will be applicable from today until Thursday April 9, upon revision.

“In view of the precautionary steps and preventive measures aimed to ensure public health and safety, and based on the circulars and decisions issued by the authorities concerned, Dubai Economy, as the authority regulating business in the emirate, directs all private sector companies and commercial establishments excluding pharmacies, cooperative societies, grocery stores, and supermarkets to adhere to implementing remote work system for 80% of their employees, from today to Thursday, 9th of April 2020,” the authority announced in a statement.

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