The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai will be open for an extra hour a day thanks to a new set of working regulations that go into effect tomorrow.
Mattar al Tayer, the chairman of the board and executive director of the RTA, said all employees would be allowed to work staggered hours, starting at three different times in the morning and leaving at three different times in the afternoon. This will improve the efficiency of the authority by boosting morale and minimising time pressures, he said.
"This initiative contributes to solving some problems and difficulties suffered by individuals, whether within or outside the RTA," he said.
He added it would solve traffic congestion problems in the area, which are exacerbated by the large number of schools in the district.
By staggering starting times between 7am and 8am the authority was able to extend its closing time from 2pm to 3pm.
Kawther Kazim, the director of human resources at the RTA, said the move would increase productivity and improve job satisfaction.