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Old 27th July 2011, 03:02 PM
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I understand this can vary wildly from contract to contract, but id like to get some ideas of how long days are and how many days per week are usually worked.


Also how many National "days off" are there?

Im being offered a job but im being told the average work day is 12 hours and the average work week is 6 days.
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For western expats, usual work week is 9-5 Sunday to Thursday with Friday and Saturday off. There's about 12 mandatory public holidays throughout the year too.

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Im being offered a job but im being told the average work day is 12 hours and the average work week is 6 days.
This is pretty fierce unless you are a labourer, shop worker etc. That said I had a friend doing 7 days a week, if he wanted day off he had to book it as holiday. Then again he was in the oil industry and earning lottery money.

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Our official working hours with JAFZA are 6 days a week, 8 hours each, but our company 'lets' us work 5 days a week, 9 hours a day - Minimum. Anyone in a higher position is closer to the 12+ hours and often (partly) working on the weekend.

One thing has to be said, the were pretty honest about this beforehand. So if the compay tells you about these hours, I don't think that this is the average but I would take it as a good hint as what you would be in for!
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My Dh will be working 7:30am - 5pm or 8:30am - 6pm 5 days a week.

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I work in upper management here and I work 8:30-4:30 but usually don't get away until about 5:30-6.. but sometimes come in a bit late to compensate! Work week is Sunday-Thursday.

Next week with Ramadan starting work will be done at 2:30 everyday...

12 hour days are a bit of a stretch IMO but maybe I have it lucky. Lots of holidays but they always announce them within days of happening!

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It depends on the industry. My husband is an executive chef and works 12-14 hours a day, 6 days a week.

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I understand this can vary wildly from contract to contract, but id like to get some ideas of how long days are and how many days per week are usually worked.


Also how many National "days off" are there?

Im being offered a job but im being told the average work day is 12 hours and the average work week is 6 days.
Like the others have stated, the work week depends on the industry, the company, and especially the position you have in the company.

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Doesnt matter what the average is for others. Your company is telling you their average so if you agree to work there, those are your averages. Get paid well for the inconvenience of living here plus the long hours...

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