Dubai midday break starts from Thursday

Outdoor workers banned from working in exposed places from 12.30pm to 3pm daily

The rule midday banning workers from exposed areas is set to come into force in Dubai from Thursday, June 15.

Dubai’s Standing Committee for Labour Affairs announced that it will start the mandatory midday break from June 15 to September 15, in accordance to the Resolution No. 421 of 2017. The rule bans outdoor workers from working in exposed places from 12.30pm to 3pm daily.

The chairman of the Standing Committee for Labour Affairs in Dubai said regular spot checks will take place throughout the emirate during the three months of the ban.

"The committee will conduct seven patrols. There will be three inspectors in each patrol, representing the labour committee, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and Dubai Municipality to ensure full enforcement of the midday ban as per regulations in this respect," said Major General Obaid Muhair Bin Surour, who is also deputy director of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai.

He said the decision ensures the protection of workers and provides a safe working environment as well as occupational safety for them during their work.

Employers who violate the afternoon work ban will be issued with a fine of ADE5,000 per worker, rising to a maximum of AED50,000 in case of multiple workers.

Bin Sorour said the inspectors will also educate employers and workers about the decision of midday break in order to protect the rights of this category of workforce, and to avoid any violation that may occur.

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