99.8% of firms so far comply with UAE's midday break rules

Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation says only 47 out of more than 29,000 firms found violating outdoor working regulations

Only 47 companies out of more than 29,000 have been found violating the UAE's midday break rules since its launch a month ago, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has announced.

The ministry has registered 99.8 percent level of compliance by 29,185 firms since the implementation date, news agency WAM reported.

Maher Al-Obed, Assistant Undersecretary for Inspectional Affairs, said the records were gathered across the UAE by 18 teams of inspectors, pointing out that 29,232 inspectional visits were carried out during the past month, and 16,651 informative visits took place during the same period.

He praised those who adhered to implementing the rule which prevents any sort of work under direct sunlight between 12.30pm and 3pm for three months from June to September to ensure the safety and health of the workers.

Violators will be fined AED5,000 per worker found working during those hours, to a maximum AED50,000 if the case involved a huge number of workers.

So far, a total of 5,124 inspectional visits have been made in Abu Dhabi, 3,538 visits in Al Ain, 3,672 in Dubai, 4202 visits in Sharjah, 4,236 visits in Ajman, 4,268 visits in Ras Al Khaimah, 2,642 visits in Umm Al Qaiwain and 1,550 visits in Fujairah.

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