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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 Kuwait, businesses and government offices usually 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 Kuwait.
Ramadan 2023 working hours in Kuwait
According to sources, the Civil Service Commission is getting ready to announce the official working hours for Ramadan, which may be shortened to only four and a half hours. There is a growing demand for flexible working hours during Ramadan, especially given the onset of summer and the challenges of fasting while enduring traffic congestion.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has declared that both the public and private sectors will have shortened working hours during the month of Ramadan. The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) stated that government agencies will operate from 9 am to 2:30 pm on Mondays through Thursdays, and from 9 am to 12 pm on Fridays during Ramadan.
Additionally, ministries and federal authorities may implement flexible or remote work schedules based on their specific needs. During the holy month, federal employees will have a 70% remote and 30% in-person attendance ratio on Fridays.
When is Ramadhan 2023 in Kuwait?
It is predicted that Ramadan 2023 in Kuwait 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.