UAE Ramadan 2020: Work timings, prayers, fasting and all you need to know

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UAE Ramadan 2020: Work timings, prayers, fasting and all you need to know

 

DUBAI – Here are some guidelines on the work timings, prayer rules, Ramadan tents, fasting and all you need to know about observing the holy month in the UAE.

When will Ramadan begin in UAE?

Ramadan begins on April 24 in the UAE.

What are the work timings for the public sector?

Public sector employees will have a five-hour work day during Ramadan from 9am to 2pm, according to the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.

What about the private sector?

Private sector employees in the UAE are required to work two hours less during Ramadan.

What are the timings for private schools?

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) announced that working hours in private schools during the holy month of Ramadan will be from 9am to 2pm.

Will there be Ramadan tents?

The Sharjah City Municipality announced on April 20 that there will be no Ramadan tents in the emirate as a precaution against the spread of Covid-19. Other emirates are likely to adopt the same measure although there has been no official announcement as of this publication.

Are Muslims with Covid-19 symptoms required to fast?

Muslims who have symptoms of Covid-19 may choose not to fast during the holy month of Ramadan, according to the UAE Council for Fatwa

Are health workers required to fast during Ramadan?

According to the UAE Council for Fatwa, workers in the health sectors also have the Islamic right to choose not to fast during their work days so as not to affect their immunity.

Mosques are closed. Where can Muslims perform Taraweeh prayers?

The council issued another fatwa that Muslims can perform Taraweeh prayers in their houses. Muslims can also read, holding the Holy Quran while praying, according to the UAE Council for Fatwa.

Where can we perform Eid prayers?

The UAE Council for Fatwa said Eid prayers may be performed at home, but gatherings are prohibited.

What about Friday prayers?

Friday prayers cannot be performed at home and people must perform normal noon prayers instead, according to the UAE Council for Fatwa.

What if I need to buy Ramadan groceries?

Supermarkets and groceries are open. Also, the Dubai Economic Department recently granted permission for the following businesses to open from 8am to 8pm for those who need to shop ahead of Ramadan:

– Meat Trading
– Fruits & Vegetables Trading
– Roaster
– Mills
– Fish Trading
– Coffee Trading
– Tea Trading
– Nuts, Chocolate and Sweets Trading located in shopping malls only

Shoppers are obliged to adhere to all precautionary measures, including social distancing, disinfection, and to get the necessary movement permit through the website dxbpermit.gov.ae. ICA/Expat Media

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