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Ramadan work hours announced for public sectors

Employees in Qatar, including those working for ministries and public institutions will work five-hour per day during Ramadan, the officials have announced. The official hours are said to be from 9am to 2pm.

The circular was issued by HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud.

There is another two weeks time for Ramadan, but, the exact start date is yet to be announced, but fasting will be around 27th May.

The five-hour workday is however, not applicable to private companies.

But, Qatari law stipulates that non-government employees may have shortened workday of six hours, irrespective of whether they are fasting.

Apart from shorter work hours during Ramadan, parents can expect abbreviated school days for their children. Last year, the officials began enforcing five-hour days for government, private and international schools across Qatar.

This was done mostly to protect fasting children from heat as temperature is now regularly touching 40C and beyond. The average fasting day in Doha will be for about 14 hours, in comparison to a 20 hour fasting in Russia and 18 hours in the UK.

Posted on 16/5/2017

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