Ramadan 2024 in the UAE: Reduced Work Hours, School Schedules and More

  • Publish date: Tuesday، 20 February 2024
Ramadan 2024 in the UAE: Reduced Work Hours, School Schedules and More

As the holy month of Ramadan approaches, the UAE gears up for a period of spiritual reflection and communal observance. With the Islamic calendar indicating the start of Ramadan on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, preparations are underway across the Emirates to accommodate the changes in daily life during this significant time.

Changes in Work Timings

During Ramadan, both fasting and non-fasting employees in the UAE experience adjustments in their work hours. In adherence to the cultural significance of the month, reduced work hours are implemented across the public and private sectors. While some professions may require extended hours, most private sector employees benefit from a two-hour reduction in their daily work schedule. Government offices also operate on shortened hours, with public sector employees working six hours instead of the usual eight.

Altered School Schedules

In line with the observance of Ramadan, academic institutions in the UAE adapt their schedules to accommodate the holy month. Typically, school days are shortened to five hours. However, this year, many schools will observe closures during the initial three weeks of Ramadan, coinciding with either the spring break or the end-of-term recess.

Parking Adjustments

Paid parking hours undergo modifications to align with the spirit of Ramadan. While specific details are usually announced closer to the commencement of the holy month, past practices in Dubai have included parking fees from 8 am to 6 pm, with a break from 8 pm to 12 midnight on weekdays. Similarly, Sharjah has implemented parking fees from 8 am to midnight on weekdays.

Dining Etiquette and Practices

During Ramadan, dining establishments in the UAE maintain their operations, allowing non-Muslims to continue eating and drinking in public during daylight hours. However, out of respect for those fasting, some individuals may choose to abstain from consuming food or beverages in public spaces during the day. Additionally, the evening Iftar meal holds special significance, with many hotels and restaurants in Dubai offering special menus and promotions to commemorate the occasion.

Observance of Religious Rituals

With the flexibility provided by reduced work hours, fasting Muslims in the UAE can actively participate in the observance of religious rituals during Ramadan. Mosques witness increased attendance, especially during the Taraweeh prayers conducted after the Isha prayer. This communal gathering allows individuals to engage in spiritual reflection and observance during the holy month.

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