Private sector employees in the UAE will have reduced work timings during the month of Ramadan, the ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has revealed.
The ministry said that private sector establishments, institutions and companies would have to reduce normal work hours by two hours for the holy month.
For most companies this will mean a working day of 9am to 4pm, assuming regular hours are 9am to 6pm.
The holy month of Ramadan is expected to begin on Monday, May 6 in most of the Islamic nations this year, the International Astronomical Centre predicted last week.
In the UAE, the official date will be announced by the moon-sighting committee.
Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has already announced reduced school hours in the emirate for Ramadan.
The school day during Ramadan will start between 8am and 8.30am and finish between 1pm to 1.30pm — with shorter breaks as required.
“Schools should ensure that the total hours at school per day for students do not exceed five hours,” said Mohammed Darwish, CEO of Permits and Compliance at KHDA.
“Fasting students should be exempt from physical education (PE) classes and any other demanding physical activities without influencing their grades and overall academic performance. All students must be protected from the risks of exhaustion and dehydration,” he added.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has also revealed split parking timings. From Saturday to Thursday, fees will apply from 8am to 6pm, and from 8pm to midnight.
The timings will remain the same in Tecom-regulated zones, with fees applicable from 8am to 6pm.
Tariffs at multi-level parking lots will be applicable 24/7.