Ramadan Working Hours

Until the new Labour Law was published, the private sector could make their employees work for the maximum 8 hours per day. Now we have heard that the working during Ramadan for the private sector have also been cut. Is it true?

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Answer: Good news really travels fast.  Yes it is true. Previously the Civil Service Commission used to cut Ramadan working for the government sector but the private sector was left to its own with individual companies deciding the working hours.

But now according to the new Labour Law the working hours during Ramadan have been set at a maximum of 36 per week, which means a maximum of 6 hours a day for a six-day week and just over 7 hours for those firms which have a 5-day week.

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