RAMADAN 2024: Official reduced working hours announced for federal employees

Reduced working hours have been confirmed for Ramadan 2024 by the UAE authorities

There’s still time yet, but it’s worth thinking about Ramadan 2024 with astronomical calculations predicting the holy month likely to begin next week, lasting 29 days.

As is always the case, those in employment can expect shorter working days.

The UAE’s Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) has officially announced working hours for federal entities during the holy month of Ramadan.

According to the circular, the official working hours for ministries and federal authorities will be from 9am to 2.30pm from Monday to Thursday, and 9am to midday on Friday.

FAHR stressed that flexible working or remote work schedules can also be implemented as long as it’s in line with their specific requirements and within the limits of the working hours approved per day. Federal departments can also approve work-from-home for a maximum of 70 percent of their employees during Ramadan according to the approved regulations.

While the usual working days is eight hours, with an hour lunch, for those in the private sector, according to the UAE Labour law, working times are to be reduced during Ramadan by two hours for all employees, whether or not employees are Muslim and fasting or not.

During Ramadan 2024, Muslims in Abu Dhabi will fast from dawn until dusk. The daily routine revolves around two meals: Suhoor before dawn and Iftar after sunset. Suhoor is a hearty meal that provides energy for the day, while iftar breaks the fast in the evening.

Watch this space for confirmation on private sector working hours!

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