Employers must honour the UAE's labour laws regarding Ramadan working hours
21 May 2018| Last updated on 19 April 2020
A perk of working in the UAE for any expat is the shortened working hours during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
As per the UAE's labour laws, all workplaces MUST reduce their working hours by two hours per day - regardless of whether you're Muslim or fasting during the Holy Month, and without a pay cut.
Article 65 of the UAE Labour Law states that "normal working hours are reduced by two hours daily during the Holy Month of Ramadan."
Meaning, expats who aren't Muslim or fasting are also entitled to reduced working hours throughout Ramadan in Dubai and the UAE.
All employers are expected to honour the rule
Every year, inspection teams are sent to companies accused of flouting the reduced working timing rule during the Ramadan. Violation of the law may pose sanctions, warnings and suspensions for companies.
The UAE's Labour Ministry also has the right to severe any employment relationship between company and employee, so the latter may seek work in another company.
How to report a company, anonymously
Disgruntled employees can complain at labour service centres, call the 800 655 helpline or send a letter signed by staff to the Labour Disputes department at the ministry.