UAE private sector staff to work 6 hours in Ramadan

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RAMADAN TIMINGS: Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash issued the circular, which relates to article 65 of federal law number 8. (Getty Images)

RAMADAN TIMINGS: Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash issued the circular, which relates to article 65 of federal law number 8. (Getty Images)

The UAE has issued a ministerial circular reminding private sector firms that working hours for employees should be reduced from eight to six hours during Ramadan, the WAM news agency reported on Tuesday.

Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash issued the circular, which relates to article 65 of federal law number 8.

“In accordance with the resolution, the work hours of private sector firms will be reduced from 8 hours to six hours, without affecting the salaries of employees,” WAM said.

Last week, UAE Minister of Justice Dr Hadef Jouan Al Dhahiri formed a panel of experts to confirm the sighting of a crescent moon.

The panel comprises government officials, religious counselors and astronomers and will announce the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan in the UAE.
The committee was scheduled to meet on Tuesday at the judiciary department headquarters.
Dr Hadef Jouan Al Dhahiri confirmed that the lunar months verification committee is affiliated with the Abu Dhabi Judiciary Department and that any moon sightings would need to be verified in the central, eastern and western regions of the emirates.
After the committee members agree the sighting an official announcement about the beginning of Ramadan will be made.

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Posted by: SHARAD

I agree as per the Gov. of UAE law & fix the timing is all worker for Ramadan period those are muslim/non muslim but the true is all private company is not follow the rules because some are office timing are not change still they are do work for 9:00am-2:30pm to 5:30pm-9:30pm for Example area foodstuff (AL RAS).

Posted by: confused

this is a 2010 article as well.
surely there is something more up to date to comment on?

Posted by: naysha

this is ramadan month, and law is law.., i think every employer must follow.

Posted by: jeffrey

my company doesn't even care about the law. i am newly embrace muslim and am also fasting but still working hours.

Posted by: Sam

I work for a construction company (inside the office )and even if there is very little work to do we are forced to sit in the office.These people make us sit in the office for 10 hours. At the end of the month they give measly overtime salary of around 1000 aed. i wish they would apply brains and give us a break. They always say we are cost cutting and all. But Alas nobody hears us.

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