Reduced working hours for private sector employees during the holy month of Ramadan.
Regarding the public sector, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) announced on Sunday that employees will work from 9 am to 2 pm during Ramadan.
School hours will also be shortened across the country as Ramadan overlaps with the last days of the academic calendar. Thousands of school pupils will be sitting critical examinations, such as the ACT or A Levels, during Ramadan this year.
The last day of school for pupils is June 23.
Long Fasting Hours
Ramadan is expected to begin around June 6, subject to the moon being sighted. And while the UAE will average temperatures of 42 degrees Celsius, fasting time is expected to reach 15 hours and 10 minutes.
In a recent statement issued by the WAM news agency, Ibrahim Al Jarwan, General Supervisor at Sharjah Planetarium, said that since 2012, the hours of fasting during Ramadan in the UAE have been the longest ever recorded, and that these extensive hours of daylight are expected to continue until 2018.
“The fasting time has increased by 10 minutes every Ramadan since 2012, and [long periods] of fasting happens every 33 years,” he said
Residents of the eastern coast of the country will be the first to break and start their fast, while those living at the western region and the emirate of Abu Dhabi will be the last.