Dubai - The most overworked city in the world
Dubai was ranked the most overworked city in the world in a recent study conducted by Kisi.
Expats working in the city said they have a good work-life balance.
Colette Sullivan, a 30-year-old hotelier from the UK, works what is by many measures a very standard workweek.
"My days are not always the same due to the nature of my job, but my hours are generally 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. with an early finish of 5 p.m. on a Friday," Sullivan told Insider. "After work, I will be going shopping, catching up with friends, or, in the winter months, catching the last of the sun outdoors."
In fact, the regular nature of her week is remarkable mainly because she works in Dubai, which was named the world's most-overworked city in a study conducted by cloud-based access-control company Kisi.
Dubai came up first in terms of the number of vacations days offered to employees and having the lowest unemployment levels.
According to UAE labor law, private-sector workers can clock in a maximum of 48 hours a week spread across six days. Workers also get 30 days off paid annual leave and 45 days of fully paid parental leave.
Several of the sources Insider spoke to cited financial upsides of living in Dubai.
Full-time workers in Dubai receive generous overtime payments. Employees who work beyond their regular working hours are entitled to pay equal to their basic salary plus an added 25% of that pay. The added sum increases to 50% if the employee works overtime between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m, per UAE's Labour Law.
On top of that, the Emirates does not impose any personal or capital income tax for UAE citizens or expats.