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: 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.

Posted by: harisha

I am working in Textile company in bur dubai and we are seeing that there is no changing in the timings during ramadan and they are telling that for them govt rules will not applicable
and also they cannot pay any overtime for the same

Posted by: Priya

I am working in a private sector in Dubai , my company is forcing us to work from 8am to 4 pm saying the staff is non muslim .. and also will not pay any overtime , is it not against the humanism, shall the labour law not impose any act for the welfare of the employee.. is a question to see

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