UAE announces private sector Ramadan hours

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The working hours of private sector companies in the UAE will be reduced from eight to six hours per day during Ramadan, officals said on Monday.

The reduction in hours for the holy month will not affect the salaries of employees, the Ministry of Labour said in comments published by state news agency WAM.

Labour Minister Saqr Gobash said he has issued a ministerial circular to private sector companies on the reduction of work hours in the UAE.

Separately, it was announced that the working hours of public sector employees will be from 9am to 2pm during Ramadan.

Last week, a ministry statement said that employers would be required to reduce working hours to 36 per week during the Islamic holy month, which is expected to begin on July 21.

Those caught breaching the rules face fines, the ministry said.

Employees will be permitted to work overtime, but for a maximum of two hours per day, and will be entitled to payment of 25 percent of their basic salary in the daytime, and 50 percent at nighttime.

In 2011, the Ministry of Labour said it received 46 complaints from employees in Dubai claiming their companies were flouting laws that restrict working hours in Ramadan.

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Posted by: Ponder

Considering the grammar in some of the complaints here and the fact they seem to be copy/paste from 1 individual or a group of motley whiners...you guys should be happy to have a job at all.

Considering most companies here do a lot of trade with Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific it isn't too much to be asked by employees who aren't fasting/Muslims to carry out their basic duties as trade & commerce doesn't come to a stand still.

Not to mention that as per Islam you aren't supposed to ask for special treatment during Ramadan; its supposed to be "business as usual" but with self imposed restrictions so as to feel thankful for what you have rest of the year and feel for those less fortunate.

Thank the heavens this region doesn't have unions, I can see how quickly we will begin a race to the bottom.

Posted by: chalky6766

@Ponder.

...... its supposed to be "business as usual" but with self imposed restrictions so as to feel thankful for what you have *rest of the year and feel for those less fortunate.

So from a grammar point of view, the above makes sense does it?

*during


Just a suggestion.

Posted by: MT3

So what you are saying is that it is ok for companies to ignore what they are being told by the Ministry of Labour? Further you seem to be implying when you say "Not to mention that as per Islam you aren't supposed to ask for special treatment during Ramadan; its supposed to be "business as usual"" that the Ministry of Labout have got it wrong in the first place by restricting working hours?

Posted by: JDR

Our company reduced 2 hours work per day but it still constitutes 7hr & 30 mins per day work not 6 hours per day. We have to work 43 hours in 6 days.

Posted by: ramir kv

No reduction in working hours for our company as well!!! We work from 7am till 5pm like we always do. As our boss said this is not for privet companies (he is non Muslim) although he knows all the rules!!! in al jadhaf

Posted by: layla

I am working in a private company..and wants to know where can i complain regarding my collegues who don;t respect us (people on fasting ) they're teasing us with the smell of their food and coffee as well as verbal jokes regarding ramadan..

Posted by: Christina

No reduction in working hours for our company as well!!! We work from 9am till 5pm like we always do. As our boss said this is not for privet companies (he is non Muslim) although he knows all the rules!!!

Posted by: Stephen

No reduction in working hours for our company !!!! 8.30 till 5.30 5 .5 days a week..............no change, even though boss is Muslim, we are not so he says we should all work harder.

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