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Updated February 2024

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 Kuwait, businesses and government offices usually operate reduced working hours during Ramadan to accommodate the spiritual practices of Muslims. Here are the updated working hours for Ramadan 2024 in Kuwait.

Ramadan 2024 working hours in Kuwait

During Ramadan, government agencies and Ministries adopt a flexible working hours system, setting the workday at four and a half hours. Employees must be present and dismissed within five designated time slots, spanning from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM, allowing flexibility in arrival. A 15-minute grace period is granted at the start and end of shifts, with an additional grace period for female employees.

Time slots for attendance and dismissal are as follows:

  • from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
  • from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
  • from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
  • from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
  • from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Government entities have the authority to assign employees to specific time slots or offer them a choice among several options.

These adjusted timings aim to facilitate worship, family time, and personal obligations while maintaining the normal functioning of essential services. The exact working hour adjustments have varied from year to year. As we get closer to Ramadan, we will provide timely updates on Kuwait’s official working hours, enabling everyone to make the most of this special month.

When is Ramadhan 2024 in Kuwait?

It is predicted that Ramadan 2024 in Kuwait to begin on 11 March 2024 and end on 9 April 2024, corresponding to Ramadan 1445 in the Islamic calendar.

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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