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Ramadan working hours for the public sector have been announced



The UAE’s Federal Authority for Government Human Resources has announced the working hours for the public sector during Ramadan.

The reduced hours are from 9am to 2pm.

The working hours for the private sector are yet to be announced.

However, it is worth noting that the general UAE labour law states that all workers’ hours should be reduced by two hours a day.

The UAE labour law reads: “The maximum normal working hours for adult employees shall be eight hours per day or forty eight hours per week. However, working hours for the employees of commercial establishments, hotels, restaurants, watchmen and similar operations may be increased to nine hours per day as determined by the Minister of Labour. Likewise, working hours per day in respect of hazardous work or work detrimental to health, may be decreased by decision of the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. During the month of Ramadan, normal working hours shall be reduced by two hours.”

The only exception to this is those who work in DIFC as it governed by a different law, which states that shorter working hours will only be available to those who fast.

“During the Holy month of Ramadan, an employee who observes the fast shall not be required to work in excess of six hours a day. There shall be no reduction in compensation as a result,” the DIFC labour law reads.

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