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.