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The month of Ramadan is considered the holiest and most sacred month of the Islamic Hijri (lunar) calendar. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to elevate their level of spiritual and physical submission to God by way of fasting; that is to say, Muslims must abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and also husband-wife intimacy from the breaking of dawn until the setting of the sun.

In Bahrain, businesses and government offices typically operate reduced working hours during Ramadan to accommodate the spiritual practices of Muslims. As we prepare to welcome the holiest of months, here are the updated working hours for Ramadan 2023 in Bahrain.

Ramadan 2023 working hours Bahrain

Bahrain’s private and public sector employees are typically required to work 8 hours per day or 48 hours per week. However, during Ramadan, the daily working hours will be reduced by two hours, which means employees will only be required to work 6 hours a day or 36 hours a week.

In previous years, Bahrain’s ministries, authorities, and public institutions have officially set their workday during Ramadan from 8 AM to 2 PM. The same law is expected to apply this year, and employees who work beyond the reduced hours will be compensated for overtime according to the Civil Service’s policy.

It’s worth noting that there have been reports of Bahraini MPs having unanimously voted to reduce government working hours for Ramadan 2023 by one hour and referred the proposal to the government for review. However, nothing is official as of yet.

When is Ramadan 2023 in Bahrain?

It is predicted that Ramadan 2023 in Bahrain will begin on Wednesday, 22 March 2023, and is expected to last 30 days.

However, tradition mandates that the exact date of the holy month’s beginning must be determined by a moon sighting committee consisting of religious scholars, astronomers, and other authorities under the cover of night. The committee is responsible for observing certain sightings related to the appearance and cycle of the new crescent moon, which heralds the start of Ramadan.


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