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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 Qatar, 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 Qatar.
Ramadan 2023 working hours Qatar
As per the circular released by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, civil employees will work for five hours daily, which is three hours shorter than the regular eight-hour workday. The workday will start at 9:00 am and end at 2:00 pm, just like in previous years.
Employees may be permitted late attendance up to 10am at the latest, provided that they fulfill work requirements and complete the official working hours (five hours).
The official Ramadan 2023 working hours in Qatar will apply to all ministries, government agencies, and public institutions in the state of Qatar.
Please note, however, that private organizations are exempt from the five-hour weekday requirement. So if you work for a private company, it’s advisable to ask your employer about your work schedule during Ramadan.
When is Ramadan 2023 in Qatar?
It is predicted that Ramadan 2023 in Qatar 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.
In Qatar, the Moon Sighting Committee under the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf) declares the start and end of the holy month.