The public sector will work for five hours from 9am to 2pm…

The holy month of Ramadan is likely to begin on April 24, 2020, and the UAE government has just announced the reduced working hours for the public sectors in the country.

The official announcement was made on the Federal Authority For Government Human Resources (FAHR) on their Twitter account which stated that official working hours during the blessed month will be from nine in the morning until two in the afternoon.

The tweet further added that federal ministries and agencies must take into account those whose nature of work dictates otherwise, and must abide by the decisions and circulars related to remote work in emergency circumstances.

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The timings for the private sector have yet to be announced, but we will let you know as soon it has.

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It’s a time when Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and smoking between sunrise and sunset.

Lasting around a month, it marks the time when the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). Extra tarawih prayers are performed throughout Ramadan and each evening 1/30th of the holy book is recited. By the end of Ramadan, many observers have read the entire Qur’an.

Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, which are the foundation of the religion. The pillars are the framework by which Muslims everywhere live, and Ramadan is considered the holiest time in the Islamic calendar. It is a time for prayer, reflection and religious devotion, to cleanse past sins and to focus on Allah through good deeds.

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