Ramadan working hours for UAE public, private sectors announced

Timings also announced for parking, Dubai Metro, restaurants, and heavy-duty vehicles during the Holy Month

Working hours have been announced for Ramadan 2019.
Working hours have been announced for Ramadan 2019.

Working hours for employees of the UAE’s public- and private-sector organisations during the Holy Month of Ramadan in 2019 have been announced respectively by the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (Fahr) and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (Mohre), which is the Emirates’ top authority for labour management.

Fahr said that public-sector employees in the UAE would work for five hours during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

In a circular issued by the authority, it was outlined that Fahr employees – including those in ministries and federal entities – would work between 9am and 2pm.

Exceptions will be made if the nature of their work requires extra hours of operation.

Public-sector organisations are critical for the smooth operation of construction-industry works, with key entities in this arena including Dubai Municipality, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Sharjah Municipality, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Dubai Land Department, and Abu Dhabi – Department of Economic Development.

READ: A guide to Ramadan 2019 for construction companies in the UAE

Important federal organisations such as the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Mohre are also covered within the stipulations of Fahr’s circular.

Meanwhile, the private sector will see its working hours reduced by two during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, the UAE’s Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, issued the decision for the private sector’s working hours during Ramadan 2019 as per Article 65 of Federal Law No. 08 of 1980, according to a report by UAE state news agency, Wam.

On the occasion of Ramadan – the ninth month of the Islamic calendar that is also known as Ramzan or Ramdhan – Fahr and the UAE’s labour minister extended their wishes to President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; and Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates.

Ramadan timings have also been announced for heavy-duty vehicles in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE.

Abu Dhabi Police announced that heavy-duty trucks, lorries, and buses carrying more than 50 passengers would be banned on roads in Abu Dhabi between 8am and 10am, and from 2pm to 4pm during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Buses carrying 50 passengers or more will not be permitted to operate between 8am and 10am.

Drivers of heavy-duty vehicles have been urged by the police to adhere to these schedules and support road safety during Ramadan.

Also in the UAE capital, the General Directorate of Civil Defence has urged owners of Ramadan tents to adhere to its safety requirements for the holy period.

Director of Abu Dhabi Civil Defence, Col Mohammed Mayouf Al Ketbi, said safety provisions must be made for tents serving suhoor and iftar – respectively the meals consumed before and after each day’s fast – as well as at home kitchens.

Al Ketbi stressed the need to implement the UAE’s codes for firefighting whilst setting up tents to ensure the safety of their occupants, including the need for “an adequate number of fire extinguishers”.

Additionally, Al Ketbi said installations of electricity connections for the tents must only be made by qualified and licensed technicians.

Details of timing changes for malls, supermarkets, and restaurants are also publicised by the UAE Government’s official website. As the portal explains, most restaurants in the UAE adhere to the hours of fasting, remaining closed until the evening prayers have been completed.

“Some restaurants and cafes are open during the day and people are free to order food for take it away to consume in private,” the UAE Government’s website adds.

Supermarket, groceries, and malls typically remain open as usual, with customers free to shop as they would otherwise.


Parking hours change during Ramadan and while the hours of free parking in the UAE continue to remain available, it is key to take note of these timings to avoid unintended parking fines or violations.

In Abu Dhabi, paid parking hours will apply from 9am to 2pm and from 9pm to 2.30am each day.

On Thursdays, free parking will be available from midnight in the UAE capital. As such, free parking will be available in Abu Dhabi from 12:01am to 08:59am on the following Saturday, according to Integrated Transport Centre – Abu Dhabi.

Worshippers attending Taraweeh prayers at mosques will not have to pay for parking as long as their vehicle does not block other vehicles or disrupt traffic flow.

In Dubai, parking fees will apply from Saturday to Thursday between 8am and 6pm, and from 8pm to midnight. Free parking will be available in Dubai during iftar.

In the Tecom – or Barsha Heights – area, paid parking will apply from 8am to 6pm, while in multi-storey parking lots, parking payments will continue to be applicable 24x7.

Dubai Metro’s Red Line stations will operate from Saturday to Wednesday between 5am and midnight. On Thursdays, their timings will change to 5am to 1am on the following Friday.

The Red Line stations will then take downtime before resuming activity from 10am on Friday to 1am on Saturday.

Dubai Metro’s Green Line stations will be open from Saturday to Wednesday between 5.30am and midnight. On Thursdays, they will open at 5.30am, and remain so 1am on the following Friday.

Visit one of the following UAE government entities’ websites for additional information about transport in the country during Ramadan:

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