Ramadan in UAE: Working hours for private, public sectors announced

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Employees in private sector companies will work two hours less during Ramadan, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced on Monday (March 4).

The daily two-hour reduction from regular working hours is in implementation of the federal decree law, according to the ministry.

It also added that companies “may apply flexible or remote work patterns within the limits of the daily working hours during Ramadan.”

For the public sector, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources announced that employees will work from 9am until 2:30pm from Monday to Thursday and from 9am until 12pm on Friday throughout Ramadan.

According to the authority, ministries and federal agencies are allowed to continue to work flexible or remote schedules during Ramadan, and employees will also be granted the flexibility to work remotely on Fridays during the month as long as no more than 70 percent of the entity’s total number of employees do so.

Ramadan in the UAE is expected to begin on March 12. The UAE government will make an official confirmation based on the crescent moon sighting by the UAE Moonsighting Committee. ICA/Expat Media

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