The school day will be shortened to just five hours during the Holy Month…

Students in Dubai will only be expected to attend five hours of classes during the upcoming Holy Month, it has been announced.

While the official dates for Ramadan have yet to be called, it is expected to begin on Thursday, May 17 and will see a shortening of public and private school timings in observance of the fasting month.

According to Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), school will start between 8am and 8.30am until 1pm and 1.30pm, with shorter breaks during the day.

*Shorter working hours in the UAE over Ramadan*
*It looks like Ramadan 2018 will begin on May 17*

PE classes and any other activities that require physical exertion will not be carried out. The same goes for outdoor activities that may put students at risk of dehydration and exhaustion.

This falls in line with shorter working hours announced for the public sector earlier this week. Government workers will only be required to work from 9am to 2pm.

Ramadan hours for the private sector have yet to be revealed, but according to UAE labour law should be reduced by at least two hours per day.

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