Private sector employees in the UAE will work shorter hours during the holy month of Ramadan, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has announced.
The regular working hours for private sector workers has been reduced by two hours, the ministry said on Twitter.
Most of the private and public sectors workers across the country are working remotely from home this year, as part of efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Ministerial announcement: Reducing the working day by two hours for all employees working in the private sector during the holy month of Ramadan (1441 Hijri), as per the federal law no. 8 for 1980, on regulating labour relations. #MOHRE #UAE pic.twitter.com/ZxJ39o9MS5
— MOHRE_UAE وزارة الموارد البشرية والتوطين (@MOHRE_UAE) April 24, 2020
The UAE government had already announced reduced working hours for all public sector entities in the country during Ramadan.
The country’s Federal Authority for Government Human Resources said that the official working hours for the public sector will be from 9am-2pm.
The UAE’s Ministry of Education has also announced that students across the country will have reduced e-learning hours during the month of Ramadan.
The duration of the classes has been cut to 30 minutes for all students and the number of classes per week has also been reduced.
Ramadan began on Friday, April 24, in the UAE, the moon-sighting committee announced on Thursday.
The ninth month in the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is a time when Muslims across the world fast from sunrise to sunset.
Fasting is expected to last for less than 15 hours per day this year in the UAE.