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Saudi issues midday summer work ban from 2011

Move brings labour laws for summer outdoor work in line with the rest of the GCC.

Saudi issues midday summer work ban from 2011
WORK BAN: The Saudi midday summer ban on outside work will come into effect in 2011. (Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia has issued a midday summer ban for work outdoors starting next year, finally bringing the kingdom in line with other GCC countries.

From the beginning of July to the end of August, from 2011, companies are prevented from making employees work outside from 12 noon to 3pm, Arab News reports on Tuesday.

Workers in the oil and gas industry and those who are carrying out emergency maintenance and repairs are exempted from the ban, the paper reports.

Companies which do not abide by the new law will face fines and possibly closer, or both, according to the Ministry of Labour.

“The ministry is keen to protect all workers — both Saudis and expatriates — who work under the direct heat of the sun from health problems that might be caused by the sun, especially in the summer months,” Abdul Wahid Al-Humaid, deputy minister of labour, told the paper.

Countries across the GCC all follow a midday ban on outside work during summer, each with their own variations on dates and time.

In Bahrain the ban is enforced from 12 noon until 4pm each day, while in the UAE it applies from 12.30pm until 3pm.

Last month, UAE officials announced the ban will be extended by one month, and will start on June 15 until September 15, compared to previous years when it ended in August.

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GD 9 years ago

It's disgraceful they are leaving it another year to implement

Hussain 9 years ago

Why are people in the oil and gas industry left out?? Ware we not people too? alot of companies are classified as construction and oil/gas..they will most likely take advantage of that.