Authorities in the UAE have debunked a rumor circulating online that there will be a switch in the country’s official weekend.
The fake news affirmed that the country is considering switching the weekend from Friday and Saturday to Saturday and Sunday. The fake news ‘cited’ the state news agency WAM. The latter, on the other hand, has denied this rumor.
“The news that has been spreading on social media that government was planning to make some changes in the weekend is fake. WAM has never reported any such information,” Mohammed Jalal Al Raisi, Executive Director of Emirates New Agency (WAM) told Khaleej Times.
Spreading false information in the UAE is a form of crime and is a major crime punishable by law.
“Whoever deliberately spreads false news, fake information or rumors, or circulates provocative propaganda that would disturb public security or cause alarm among people, or harm the public interest, shall be punished with imprisonment for a period of not less than a year, in accordance with Article 198 of the Federal Penal Code,” a statement stated at the UAE Public Prosecution read.