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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 the UAE, 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 2024 in UAE.

Ramadan 2024 working hours UAE

Last year, workers in UAE had a reduction in working hours. According to the UAE’s labour law, private sector employees are required to work eight hours a day or 48 hours a week. However, during Ramadan, employees will only be required to work six hours a day or 36 hours a week due to the two-hour reduction in working hours.

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 UAE’s official working hours, enabling everyone to make the most of this special month.

Ramadan 2024 school hours in UAE

During Ramadan, schools are required to deliver a maximum of five hours of lessons every day. On Fridays, schools must end by 12 pm to accommodate Friday prayers.

In Dubai, school institutions have been given two options. As per the first option, schools that begin at 7:45 am will end at 12.45 pm from Monday to Thursday and from 7:45 am to 11:45 am on Friday.

The second option requires institutions to start school at 8:00 am and end at 1:00 pm from Monday to Thursday and at 11: 45am on Friday.

When is Ramadan 2024 in UAE?

It is predicted that Ramadan 2024 in UAE to begin on 10 March 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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