The holy month of Ramadan will begin on Thursday, it was announced on Tuesday.
The announcement was made after the Saudi moon-sighting committee met on Tuesday evening and were not able to sight the Ramadan crescent, Al Arabiya reported.
Private sector office hours
Earlier on Tuesday, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources said working hours for the private sector will be reduced by two hours during the month of Ramadan.
Public sector office hours
Federal government and ministry employees will work from 9am to 2pm during Ramadan, it added in a statement.
It was reported that most of Dubai’s malls will have F&B options that are open during daylight hours in Ramadan to cater to non-Muslim residents and tourists.
Mall operators have noted for food service – in a food court, for example – will be largely open from noon, while some outlets will begin serving takeaway orders earlier in the morning.
Daytime diners, however, will still have to eat behind partitions, with food services confined to communal areas of the shopping centres. Eating, drinking and smoking in public areas of the mall remain prohibited.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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