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Party-hard Dubai ponders new workweek debate: When's brunch?

Most of the nation's expatriate-dominated private sector, however, works the full day


The fixed prices may seem expensive — all-you-can-drink Champagne packages cost over $200 — but cheaper options exist (Photo: Reuters)

AP | PTI Dubai
Friday will never be the same again.

For those with means in Dubai, the former first day of the weekend carried a gluttonous party tradition, an hours-long affair with infinite supply of seafood, pizza, dessert and Veuve Clicquot Champagne set to pulsing music known simply in this city-state as “Friday brunch.” But starting this year, the United Arab Emirates shifted its weekend from Friday and Saturday to Saturday and Sunday — a move to align with global markets and Western schedules. Now, Emirati government employees work a half day with time for worship and family gatherings on Islam’s holy day.

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First Published: Jan 25 2022 | 12:28 AM IST

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