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Timing is everything

Timing is everything

...especially when it comes to working hours. Kipp wants to know what your working hours are for Ramadan?

July 28, 2011 2:51 by

Kipp has a friend who enjoys making the most of things. So when shops are on sale, you can bet your life she will be the first one in line. When daily deals website became all the rage in Dubai, her Facebook page was up to date with the latest and greatest deal. And so, in keeping with her ‘making the most’ ethos, said friend was looking forward to shorter working hours during Ramadan…only to find out that her company had selective Ramadan timings: only those staff fasting would be entitled to shorter working hours.

Now when our friend complained about this to us, we really weren’t too much of a comfort. It is hardly breaking news that private sector companies, especially those in freezones aren’t as generous as their counterparts in the public sector really are. But then again, we weren’t sure if companies were legally bound to offer special timings. In an attempt to appease our friend we did a quick search online and here is what WAM has to say on the subject:

“The Minister of Labour, Saqr Ghobash, has issued a circular on the reduction of working hours in Ramadan in implementation of Article 65 of Federal Law Number 8 of year 1980, on regulation of work relations and its amendments.

In accordance with the resolution, the working hours of private sector companies and establishments will be reduced from 8 hours to 6 hours, without affecting the salaries of employees.”

When we handed our friend this information, she was quick to bring it to the attention of her HR manager-to no avail. Which got Kipp curious about the working hours of our readers during Ramadan? Does your company have special timings? And if so, is there bias towards who can avail of them?

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  1. chaz on July 31, 2011 4:39 am

    oh yes Kipp but nothing changes. Same thing every year. we carry on as normal, same hours and nobody does anything. Great to see the law and articles, but nothing changes. Nothing ever will. In Abu Dhabi it is enforced. Not Dubai though.

  2. Andrew on July 31, 2011 9:28 am

    If said friend wanted to be militant, she could simply report her employer to the Ministry of Labour.

    And our hours have gone from 8-6 down to 8-3.

  3. Denise on July 31, 2011 3:01 pm

    Employees should report the violation to the Ministry of Labor. People should not be passive about obtaining their rights. I for one plan to adhere to the 6 hour rule, if my supervisor asks me otherwise, then he either pays me overtime or I’m reporting him.

  4. neil ventin on July 31, 2011 4:47 pm

    My boss has issued a decree in the full knowledge that the law does not discriminate that non moslems will work eight hours a day before overtime, when I point it out to him, his response is in the gulf he can do as he wishes and to not believe everything written!, the supervisors and staff as well as the workers are frightened to do anything as they are simple people and he is “a big man” crazy in 2011!!!


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