Ramadan 2023: UAE declares reduced working hours for the private sector


According to the UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE), the official work timings for private sector employees during Ramadan have been reduced by two hours.

After last week’s announcement about the pulic sector,  the authorities issued a circular on 13th March, where the ministry stated, “In accordance with the requirements and nature of their work, companies may apply flexible or remote work patterns within the limits of the daily working hours during the days of Ramadan.”

The announcement is in accordance with the Clause 2 of Article 15 of Cabinet Resolution No. 1 of 2022, regarding the executive regulations of Federal Decree Law No. 33 of 2021 on the Regulation of Labor Relations and its amendments. As per the UAE labour law, Private sector workers are required to work 8 hours per day or 48 hours per week. During the holy month of Ramadan, working hours are reduced by two. This does not include the time of commute time from place of residence to the workplace, unless the workers fall under specified categories mentioned in the  Executive Regulations of the Labour Law.

For ministries and federal entities, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) has released an exclusive circular mentioning the official working hours. Monday through Thursday it’s 9am to 2:30pm. On Fridays, working hours will be restricted to 3 hours from 9am to 12 noon.

Ramadan 2023 is expected to commence from Thursday, March 23, 2023, according to Ibrahim Al Jarwan, chairman of the board of directors of the Emirates Astronomical Society. While  the exact date depends on the sighting of the moon, this has been the tentative announcement so far.

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