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March 5, 2024

UAE Implements Reduced Working Hours for Federal Employees During Ramadan

In observance of the holy month of Ramadan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced a reduction in official working hours for its public sector employees. The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) issued a circular on Monday, detailing the adjustments to be made during this period.

According to the circular, all ministries and federal agencies across the UAE will operate from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, throughout the month of Ramadan. While these hours will be standard, certain roles may necessitate longer working hours.

The federal authority has also introduced the possibility of granting flexibility to employees, allowing them to work remotely on Fridays during Ramadan. This remote work option may be extended to up to 70% of the entity’s total workforce, in accordance with approved guidelines.

These adjusted working hours will apply to both fasting and non-fasting employees, aiming to facilitate their engagement in spiritual activities and cultural practices during the sacred month.

Meanwhile, preparations for the Sharjah Ramadan Festival in the UAE are underway, with the 34th edition scheduled to commence from March 8 to April 13, 2024. As per the Hijri calendar published by the Dubai Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD), Ramadan is expected to begin on Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

The Sharjah Ramadan Festival is a highly anticipated event during the holy month, offering a plethora of marketing, entertainment, and heritage activities across all cities and regions of the emirate. Attendees can expect substantial discounts on a wide range of products, along with exciting draws, competitions, and valuable prizes.

Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), emphasized the festival’s role as a vital catalyst for stimulating the emirate’s economic landscape, particularly the retail sector. With the festival’s diverse offerings and activities, it continues to bolster Sharjah’s economic activity and cultural vibrancy during the holy month of Ramadan.

Rajan Shukla

Rajan Shukla

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