The holy month of Ramadan is just a month away but the excitement for this month-long festival is already palpable. Besides the challenges of fasting every day, the peace experienced during this time is unmatched. However, making things slightly easier for working professionals, it is expected that they might have to work lesser hours. Yes, workers can expect to work reduced working hours during Ramadan in the UAE. Here’s more about this expected development
UAE Workers Can Expect Reduced Working Hours
While the holy month of Ramadan is expected to start on the 23rd of March, 2023 the actual date still remains to be determined. The reason behind this, as you are well aware, is because of the crescent moon sighting. However, workers in the UAE country can breathe a sigh of relief as it is expected that they might have to work for shorter hours during this month. Bringing the cities alive, the holy month is celebrated with iftars, Suhoor, and Ramadan tents throughout the UAE.
More About This Expected Update
According to the labour laws in the UAE, workers in the private sector are required to work eight hours a day, with one hour devoted to lunch. During Ramadan, this is deducted by two hours for every employee. This is done irrespective of the fact whether they are Muslims or fasting. So, if we follow the arrangements of 2022, federal entities can expect to work from 9 AM to 2 PM from Mondays to Thursdays, and 9 AM to 12 PM on Fridays.
Four-Day Weekend For Eid al-Fitr
It’s common knowledge that Muslims will be fasting from dawn to dusk on the first day of Ramadan in Dubai. For this, they will need to begin the fast as early as 5:03 AM and end the same by 6:31 PM. Even though Ramadan is expected to end on the 21st of April 2023, the exact dates for Eid al-Fitr shall be confirmed later by the moon sighting committee. And this year Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated with a four-day long weekend in the UAE!
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