Ramadan in the UAE is expected to begin on Thursday, March 21, and end on Friday, April 21, according to the International Astronomical Centre. In light of the upcoming holy month, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) issued a circular on Monday announcing a two-hour reduction in working hours per day for all employees in the UAE’s private sector.
The ministry stated that companies may use flexible or remote work patterns based on the requirements and nature of their work, within the limits of normal working hours during Ramadan. This policy is intended to allow employees to observe the holy month while still remaining productive at work.
Flexible Work Schedules for Federal Employees During Ramadan Working Hours
The recent announcement was made in accordance with Article 15 Clause 2 of Cabinet Resolution No. 1 of 2022, which relates to the executive regulations of Federal Decree-Law No. 33 of 2021 on Labor Relations Regulation and its amendments.
This clause requires private sector employees to work fewer hours during the holy month of Ramadan.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has demonstrated its commitment to protecting the rights of UAE employees by enacting this clause.
It recognizes the importance of Ramadan and the importance of allowing people to fulfill their religious obligations while also working.
Furthermore, the MoHRE circular highlights the importance of flexible and remote work patterns during the holy month, which can help to minimize disruptions to business operations while allowing employees to observe Ramadan. This method strikes a balance between religious observance and productivity, which benefits both employees and employers.
During Ramadan, federal employees in the UAE will have official working hours from 9 am to 2:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, and limited working hours of 3 hours on Fridays from 9 am to 12 noon. Flexible work regulations may also be implemented by federal entities, adhering to the approved number of working hours per day.
Federal Decree-Law No. 33 of 2021 on Labor Relations Regulation governs the relationship between employers and employees in the private sector in the UAE.
The law defines both employers’ and employees’ rights and responsibilities in areas such as working hours, overtime pay, and leave entitlements.
Article 15 Clause 2 of Cabinet Resolution No. 1 of 2022 relates to the executive regulations of this law. The executive regulations provide detailed guidelines on how the law should be implemented, including specific provisions on working hours and overtime pay.
Clause 2 of Article 15 specifically states that private sector employees in the UAE are entitled to a reduction in working hours during the holy month of Ramadan. This reduction is intended to allow employees to fulfill their religious obligations while also fulfilling their work obligations.
The law also provides for the protection of workers’ rights and interests, including provisions for non-discrimination, equal pay for equal work, and the right to join trade unions.
Employers are required to comply with the provisions of the law and are subject to penalties for non-compliance.
The law and its executive regulations are intended to promote fair and equitable labor relations in the UAE, ensuring that employees’ rights are protected and that they are treated fairly.
The recent announcement about reducing working hours during Ramadan is just one example of how the law attempts to strike a balance between religious observance and workplace productivity.
During Ramadan, Dubai private schools will only be open for five hours per day
The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai has announced that during the holy month of Ramadan, private school hours in the emirate will be limited to a maximum of five hours. This action is consistent with the UAE’s commitment to respecting and accommodating its citizens’ and residents’ religious practices.
According to the KHDA, private schools in Dubai must provide a maximum of five hours of instruction per day during Ramadan. In addition, the school day must end by 12:00 noon on Fridays to allow for Friday prayer.
This measure will allow students and faculty to attend prayers while still attending school and participating in other activities.
Due to the spring break scheduled from March 25 to April 9, schools will be closed for eight days during Ramadan this year.
However, the reduced hours will continue to apply during this time, allowing students and staff to observe the holy month while still fulfilling their academic and professional obligations.
The announcement by the KHDA reflects the UAE’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity, as well as its understanding of the significance of religious observance.
The UAE demonstrates its commitment to upholding the values of tolerance and respect for all by accommodating the needs of its citizens and residents during Ramadan.