March 11 is first day of Ramadan in UAE

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March 11 first day of Ramadan in UAE

The UAE’s Moonsighting Committee announced that Monday (March 11) will be the first day of Ramadan.

Sunday (March 10), is the last day of Sha’ban, according to the UAE Moonsighting Committee. This is the first Ramadan in the UAE since 2000 to fall during the winter season.

Working hours during Ramadan

During Ramadan, the work hours for employees are reduced by two hours per day, regardless of the employee’s religion. This means that private sector employees only work a maximum of six hours per day during Ramadan or 36 hours per week. In all cases, the total working hours including overtime during Ramadan shall not exceed 144 hours every three weeks. The UAE Labour Law on shorter work hours during Ramadan applies to all employees and companies in the private sector, except for those working in companies within the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). Know more 

For government employees, the work hours during Ramadan is from 9am to 2:30pm from Monday to Thursday, and from 9am to 12pm on Friday. In Umm Al Quwain, government employees will work from Monday to Thursday only, from 9am to 2:30pm. Weekends will be from Friday until Sunday during Ramadan. ICA/Expat Media


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