Ramadan 2019: Ramadan Working Hours in the UAE Announced
Ramadan 2019 is just around the corner in the UAE and the working hours of private sector employees have just been announced
The Holy Month of Ramadan in the UAE is celebrated with great zest and fervor. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting and prayer. Serving as one of the five pillars of Islam, Ramadan lasts about 29 to 30 days which is based on the moon sighting. Working hours are usually reduced in Muslim countries. For Ramadan 2019, the UAE government's official website has also announced the timings. The website announced under the section, 'Changes during Ramadan in the UAE'. "Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 regarding Labour Law and its amendments, working hours are reduced by two hours during Ramadan. Even non-Muslims are entitled to reduced working hours during Ramadan without a pay cut," the website says.
There are also certain rules and a code of conduct to be observed in the Holy Month of Ramadan. As a sign of respect to those observing fast, restaurants are closed during the day and do not serve alcohol. Even those who aren’t fasting are to make sure that clothes are modest: they should be covering shoulders, chest and knees. One should also be mindful of keeping music levels down to a minimum when you’re driving.
According to the information, the working hours will be reduced by two hours during the Holy Month of Ramadan, says a circular issued by Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
The International Astronomical Centre has said that Ramadan is most likely to begin on May 6.