Federal Law number 8 of 1980 on UAE Labor Law governs all major issues with
regards to employment in the private sector of UAE, including, but not limited
to the working hours of the employees.
Wherein, Article 65 of the Labor Law highlights the working hours of the
employee and reads as follows:
“The total number of normal working hours for adult laborers will be eight hours
of the day or forty-eight hours out of each week. The quantity of hours might be
expanded to nine hours out of every day for individuals working in the trade
sector, lodgings/hotels, cafeterias, security, and different employments whose
expansion might be settled on by ideals of a choice from the Minister of Labor.
Moreover, the daily number of working hours might be decreased for exhausting or
destructive works and such by prudence of a choice from the Minister of Labor
and Social Affairs.
In addition, the working hours of the private sector during Ramadan period
will be reduced by two hours.
Lastly, the period spent in transportation to reach the office or the employment
premises shall not be included while calculating the working hours of the
The aforementioned provision is applicable to all the employees working in any
employment regardless of their religion.
The concerned article by Employment Lawyers of Dubai is not only restricted to
the working hours during Ramadan period, however, it extends to discuss about
the changes in Ramadan routine due to COVID-19 situation. The country is still
under lockdown and the Disinfection Programme has been reduced to eight hours,
i.e. from 10:00pm to 6:00 am during the holy month of Ramadan. The movement
limitations set up by the government will remain the same and inhabitants are
just permitted out for basic staple/medication and indispensable employment.
The Ministry of Health, Ministry of Interior and the National Emergency, Crisis
and Disaster Authority reported the move, to encourage day-by-day life
necessities for residents and exile occupants during the fasting month of
The specialists focused on that outlets and shops must focus on the
wellbeing and security guidelines including the preventive measures suggested by
the government in order to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. These
incorporate not permitting clients past 30 percent of the all-out limit, upkeep
of a distance in any event of two meters between two clients, and strict
restrictions to cause panic or crowd in any place to contain the spread of
Although the timings in Ramadan period has been reduced and the government has
removed some restrictions over travel, it is yet not safe to travel freely and
it is always recommended to move out of the house only when it is necessary to
prevent any further spread of the virus.
UAE government is allocating all measures to allow individuals to buy
necessities during Ramadan period and the private sector has been asked to limit
the number of workers visiting the employment premises and to reduce the working
hours. We wish you all a healthy and safe Ramadan.