Working hours for all employees in the private sector should be cut from eight to six hours during the Holy month of Ramadan, the UAE’s Ministry of Labour said.
A circular issued to companies in the private sector said the reduction in hours should not affect staff salaries, state news agency WAM reported.
“The working hours of private sector companies and establishments will be reduced from eight hours to six hours, without affecting the salaries of employees,” the news agency said.
Ramadan is expected to start this year on August 1, with all Muslim adults expected to observe a fasting period during daylight hours.
Non-Muslims are also banned from eating or drinking in public between sunrise and sunset.
Authorities in Dubai earlier this month warned of strict penalties for those caught breaking cultural laws in Ramadan.
Offenders can expect one warning before they risk arrest and a fine of up to AED2,000, said Colonel Jamal Al Jallaf, deputy director of the Criminal Investigation Department.