Abu Dhabi government employees must live in capital

Government employees in the UAE’s capital have been told they have to live in Abu Dhabi, state news agency WAM reported, citing a decision by the Executive Council’s General Secretariat.

The move is aimed at ‘ensuring the safety of government employees and to achieve social stability for their families,’ the report said.

Under the directive, government employees currently living outside of the emirate must move to Abu Dhabi within a year.

The decision was made following studies on the effect of distances between the employees’ homes and offices, the report said, adding that shorter distances to work will help boost employee productivity.