Ramadan: Remote work, study for public sectors during Fridays

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Remote work, study for public sectors on Fridays

According to Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, the Crown Prince of Dubai, the public sector is allowed to work from home on Fridays during Ramadan.

“The Dubai Government Human Resources Department (DGHR) said working hours during Ramadan will be 9am to 2:30pm Monday -Thursday; and 9am to 12pm on Fridays, except for employees whose work requires them to be on a separate shift schedule,” said the Dubai Media Office.

With the existing policy and allowed working hours, the Dubai Government entities can continue to offer flexible hours throughout Ramadan, confirmed the DGHR.

The decision was made five days after the federal hours and two days after the private sector announced Ramadan working hours.

UAE President Sheikh Mohamed also said that the federal government department would allow its personnel to work remotely.
Government-run schools and university students will also study from home on Fridays if exam schedules permit it. The declaration made no mention of regulations for private schools.

The UAE government’s media agency made the announcement.

“His Highness the President of the State directed that the official working hours for federal government employees during the month of Ramadan be 70 percent remotely, and 30 percent attendance on Fridays, and that remote working hours for students in universities and public schools be during Fridays, taking into account the dates of pre-determined physical exams,” said the media agency.

Ramadan will most likely start on March 23, although the moon-sighting committee will likely reveal the precise day on the evening of March 22. KD/Expat Media

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