New law will al­low read­ing in work­place

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A new law that gives em­ploy­ees the right to read dur­ing work­ing hours has been is­sued. HH Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid, Vice Pres­i­dent, Prime Min­is­ter and Ruler of Dubai, yes­ter­day an­nounced the newly-passed law on Twit­ter. He praised the move, de­scrib­ing it as “an un­prece­dented cul­tural and leg­isla­tive ini­tia­tive”. The leg­is­la­tion was is­sued by HH Pres­i­dent Sheikh Khal­ifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It will grant em­ploy­ees ded­i­cated time for spe­cialised read­ing dur­ing work­ing hours. It also obliges the gov­ern­ment to in­ter­vene early by pro­vid­ing a ‘knowl­edge brief­case’ to fam­i­lies with new­born ba­bies. Sheikh Mo­hammed said in a tweet: “The law con­sol­i­dates the cul­tural im­age of books among so­ci­ety and will oblige schools to de­velop an an­nual plan to en­cour­age read­ing among stu­dents, pre­vent­ing de­stroy­ing any book and in­stead pre­serve, re­use or do­nate it. The law will en­cour­age the pri­vate sec­tor to in­vest in the es­tab­lish­ment of li­braries and cul­tural cen­tres. This will be done by pro­vid­ing the pri­vate sec­tor with fa­cil­i­ties, in­cen­tives and dis­counts.” Sheikh Mo­hammed said the na­tion’s goal is for 2016 to be the be­gin­ning of a sus­tain­able cul­tural change among gen­er­a­tions.

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