UAE, Qatar Announce Reduced Working Hours in Ramadan

Published May 24th, 2017 - 11:44 GMT
The UAE and Qatar have announced reduced working hours in Ramadan for all employees. (File photo)
The UAE and Qatar have announced reduced working hours in Ramadan for all employees. (File photo)

Private sector working hours will be reduced in the UAE for the holy month of Ramadan, the country’s Ministry of Emiratisation and Human Resources has announced.

Working hours will be reduced by two hours per day without impacting wages, the ministry said.

Yesterday, the UAE announced the official working hours for government employees will be from 9am to 2pm.

Qatar also said it was decided that the official working hours during the holy month for government employees will be five hours a day, starting at 9am until 2pm.

The five-hour workday does not apply to private companies.

Generally, however, regular working hours during Ramadan should not exceed six hours daily. There are exceptions to this, of course, so check with your employer to find out how your schedule will be affected.

Ramadan is widely expected to begin on Saturday 27 May but the exact date will be confirmed by official moon sighting committees on Thursday night. 

Source: Khaleej Times, The Peninsula


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