Working hours for employees in the private sector will be reduced by two hours during Ramadan.

Mosque and moon

No salary reduction should accompany the shorter workday, the Ministry of Labour said, under Article 65 of Federal Law 8 (1980) on the regulation of labor.

Federal ministries and government bodies will operate from 9am to 2pm during Ramadan.

Daylight hours at the beginning of Ramadan will total 13 hours, 45 minutes and the fasting period will be approximately 15 hours,15 minutes.

At the end of Ramadan, daylight hours will total 13 hours, 25 minutes and the fasting period will be approximately 14 hours, 55 minutes.

Public holidays

Ramadan begins on Sunday, 29 June, and lasts until Sunday 27 July, meaning Monday 28 July, will mark the beginning of Eid Al Fitr.

Arafat Day will be on Friday 3 October, Eid Al Adha on Saturday 4 October and Hijri New Year on Saturday 25 October. National Day will be celebrated on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 December.

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