Midday work break begins in UAE, labour ministry shares health tips

Mohre has shared important health advice for workers to identify and avoid sunstrokes as three-month rule takes effect

The UAE's midday work break has started.
The UAE's midday work break has started.

The UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (Mohre) has shared important health advice for outdoor workers as the country’s midday work break takes effect, with outdoor work to be prohibited between 12.30pm and 3pm between 15 June and 15 September.

In a series of tweets, Mohre said working under the sun for a long time, especially during the afternoon, may expose workers to sunstroke.

“Symptoms are headache, dizziness, nausea, accelerated heartbeat, and high body temperature with little sweating,” the ministry tweeted.

“To avoid sunstroke caused by working directly under the sun during noon time, make sure to drink enough water and fluids during the day.”

The UAE’s midday work break rule was introduced in 2004, and is closely monitored by Mohre officials.

Typically, the midday work break requires workers in the UAE to work single or multiple shifts not exceeding eight hours, with the period between 12.30pm and 3pm to be off-limits for workers.

Any additional working hours that go above the mandated allocation of eight shall be deemed as overtime and will require workers to be compensated accordingly.

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