The United Arab Emirates has announced amended timings for public sector workers in the country during Ramadan, which is expected to begin on June 6.
Employees at various ministries and other federal authorities will work from 9am to 2pm during the holy month, according to a circular issued by the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.
The circular was issued as per cabinet decision No.13 of 2012 in implementation of federal law No.11 of 2008 and its amendments, official news agency WAM reported.
Private sector working hours are also expected to be reduced by two hours during Ramadan, although official information is yet to be announced.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.
This year, it also coincides with the summer solstice – the longest day of the year, according to reports.