UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has said a midday work ban will begin next week.
The ban applies to work under the sun conducted by construction workers and other professions.
This is because of rising summer temperatures, which can reach up to 50 degrees celsius during the middle of the day.
Companies are prohibited from making their staff work from 12:00pm to 3:00pm for the June 15 to September 15 period, the ministry said on Twitter.
أصدر معالي ناصر بن ثاني الهاملي وزير الموارد البشرية والتوطين قرارا تم بموجبه حظر تأدية الأعمال التي تؤدى تحت أشعة الشمس وفي الأماكن المكشوفة من الساعة الثانية عشرة والنصف ظهرا وحتى الساعة الثالثة من بعد الظهر وذلك خلال الفترة من 15 يونيو الجاري وحتى 15 سبتمبر المقبل.
— MOHRE_UAE (@MOHRE_UAE) June 5, 2018
Work hours for staff can also not exceed eight hours during the morning and evening combined and they are entitled to additional remuneration if they exceed eight hours of work during a period of 24 hours under UAE law.
Saudi Arabia made a similar announcement for the same period earlier this week.
June 15 is widely expected to also mark the beginning of the Eid Al Fitr holiday.