A Pakistani Muslim attends Friday prayers during Ramadan at the Deira Mosque in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (File photo: Reuters)
Workers across the UAE expect shorter workdays soon muslim fasting month Around March 23rd.
“Normal working hours will be reduced by two hours Ramadan“, the “Labor Law” said.
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During the holy month, Muslims around the world fast for 29 or 30 days each day according to the lunar calendar and observations of the moon.
A faster abstains from any food or drink, including water, from the farj (morning) prayer time (that is, before sunrise to before sunset).
The reduced working hours rule applies to all employees regardless of their religious affiliation and whether or not they are fasting.
Any employer who fails to comply with the law could be fined.
There are also fewer school days this month.
Ramadan is likely to begin on March 23, with the final day expected on April 20, although the exact start times of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr will be confirmed by the Lunar Observatory Committee closer in time. This will be the first day of Eid al-Fitr on April 21st.
This means the holiday is expected to take place over a four-day weekend in the UAE, April 21, 22, 23 and 24.
On the first day of Ramadan, residents of the UAE will fast for a little over 13 hours, according to the prayer times posted on the websites of the General Directorate of Islamic Affairs and the Endowment Fund.
Fajr (morning) prayers mark the start of the fast at 5:02 am and Maghrib prayers (sunset) at 6:35 pm, making the total fasting time 13 hours and 33 minutes.
By the end of the month, the fasting time will increase slightly to 14 hours and 16 minutes, as the dawn prayer is at 4:31 am and the Maghreb prayer is at 6:47 pm
The beginning of Ramadan changes every year according to the Islamic calendar, which consists of 12 lunar months totaling 354 or 355 days. This results in the fasting month being moved up to 10 days earlier in the Gregorian calendar each year.
Public holidays in the UAE
After Eid al-Fitr, UAE residents will have five official holidays for the remainder of 2023 of one or more days.
This is followed by Arafat, the second day of the week-long Hajj pilgrimage, scheduled for June, followed by Eid al-Fitr, scheduled for the last weekend of June, from 28 June to 30 June .
The next public holiday will be on 21 July to celebrate the Islamic New Year, followed by the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday on 29 September.
December 2-3 is the UAE’s 52nd National Day.
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