Ramadan: UAE announces five-hour work day for public sector employees

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Public sector employees in the United Arab Emirates will work five-hour days during Ramadan, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources said in a circular on Sunday, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

Federal and ministerial employees will be asked to work from the hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the statement said.

Some federal government employees have been granted paid leave since the beginning of the month as part of the country’s ongoing measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak.

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Ramadan, which is expected to begin on Thursday, is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and marks the period when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

The government is expected to announce the working hours of the private sector soon.

The UAE reported 479 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, a similar increase to the previous announcement, bringing the total number of cases to 6,781, according to the UAE's official WAM news agency.

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