Midday work break 2019 to begin in Saudi Arabia on 15 June
Saudi Arabia's labour ministry calls on local employers to regulate working hours and comply with HSE-focused mandate
The three-month midday work break, prohibiting outdoor work during hot summer months between 12pm and 3pm, will begin in Saudi Arabia on 15 June, with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour and Social Development calling on local employers to regulate working hours and comply with the labour mandate that is designed to ensure the health and safety of workers.
According to an Arabic-language report by state news agency, SPA, the labour ministry's rule will apply to private-sector companies and establishments in Saudi Arabia until 15 September, ministry spokesman, Khalid Abalkhail.
The rule excludes oil and gas workers, as well as some governorates in the kingdom where temperatures do not require such restrictions.
Other countries across the GCC, such as the UAE and Oman, have similar mandates in place to ensure midday breaks for outdoor workers during the summer.
The annual midday work break started in Oman on 1 June, 2019, and will continue until the end of August, the sultanate's Ministry of Manpower announced.