Empty partitions after install

So I recently installed manjaro on a laptop that originally ran windows 10. The laptop has an NVME ssd using GPT. After installation my partitioning scheme ended up looking like this:

is it normal for there to be two empty unallocated space partitions on either side of the linux filesystem and EFI? If so, then what is their use?

It is normal that some devices has some free space - it has something to do with sector alignment which can be different for different devices.

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