Public sector working hours for the holy month of Ramadan have been announced by UAE’s Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.
Work timings are from 9am-2pm
Government entities’ working hours have reduced to 9 am to 2 pm and employees facing an emergency or have to take a leave will have to inform their head in advance. Ramadan is expected start on May 17h and end on June 14th.
Ramadan starting date may vary based on phases of the moon
Two months ago, Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences predicted that Ramadan is likely to start on May 17th. Last week, a Kuwaiti astronomer predicted that the holy month is may start on May 17th in Kuwait. According to Gulf Business, predictions were made earlier stating that Ramadan could begin as early as on May 15th.
May and June are important months for Dubai because it’s the start of the peak season for tourism. According to a factsheet by Dubai Airports, in 2017, they received 6.8 million visitors in May and 6.1 million visitors in June. Keeping the high amount of tourists in mind, allowing restaurants to open during the day will boost the restaurant industry.
Eid-Al-Fitr will have two public holidays
So far, Iswa Wal Miraj has been the only public holiday passed by this year. The next public holidays will be for Eid-Al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan and residents and citizens will enjoy two public holidays, on June 15th and 16th.