UAE announces Ramadan work hours and school timings


The government of the UAE has announced the Ramadan timings for the government sector employees.

Ramadan working hours for government sector employees in the UAE will be five hours, according to the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.

Employees will work from 9am until 2pm, the announcement stated.

Private companies are not required to follow the same timings as the public  sector.

However, according to Article 65 of UAE Labour Law, normal working hours shall be reduced by 2 hours during Ramadan.

Reduced hours for schools

The UAE Ministry of Education has announced that students will attend up to five hours of classes during Ramadan.

According to a statement issued to local Arabic media, the ministry said that the new Ramadan school timings will commence on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

“The school day during the month of Ramadan in all schools will be a maximum of five hours,” announced the ministry.

It also stated that boys’ schools will start at 8am, while girls’ schools and pupils in kindergarten will start at 9am.

Schools have also been instructed to stop carrying out physical exercise (PE) classes or any other demanding physical activities during Ramadan.

Additionally, students are prohibited from exposure to heat to avoid the risk of exhaustion and dehydration.

The Ramadan timings will be observed until the end of the school term 2016-2017, on June 22.

Ramadan is widely expected to begin on Saturday, May 27 but the exact date will be announced by the UAE’s moon sighting committee.

Published on 23 May 2017

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