Ramadan in the UAE began on Friday, 24 April 2020. Both government and private sector businesses, entities and organisations across the country will observe reduced working hours during this month. Here’s a look at the UAE Ramadan working hours for 2020.
UAE PUBLIC SECTOR WORKING HOURS FOR RAMADAN 2020
The reduced working hours for the public sector in the UAE for Ramadan 2020 were recently announced by the UAE Government. The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources stated that all public organisations will adhere to uniform timings from 09:00 am to 02:00 pm.
These Ramadan 2020 timings apply to all government organisations including federal entities like the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) and local public sector entities like the Dubai Municipality. Given the current situation, all federal offices are instructed to allow employees to work remotely, unless their nature of work demands otherwise.
RAMADAN WORKING HOURS FOR PRIVATE SECTOR IN THE UAE 2020
The UAE private sector working hours for Ramadan 2020 have been reduced by two hours, as per the announcement by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. However, employees who are going into work can only remain in the office for a stretch of six hours as per the latest reopening guidelines issued by DED.
The schools, although closed will follow the 09:00 am to 02:00 pm timings announced by the KHDA for virtual learning. Individual institutions however, may change these timings to better accommodate students and their parents.
Starting from 26 April 2020, paid parking will also be applicable across Dubai. The paid service timings during Ramadan will be from 08:00 am to 06:00 pm and 08:00 pm to 12:00 am every day.
Some malls in Dubai are now partially open. Their Ramadan 2020 timings are between 12:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Please note, even in the malls not all shops and retail outlets have been allowed to reopen yet.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT TIMINGS
The RTA also announced Ramadan 2020 working hours for Dubai Metro and RTA Buses.
The Dubai Metro will observe the following Ramadan timings:
- Saturday to Thursday: 07:00 am to 11:00 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
Operational hours for RTA buses during Ramadan 2020:
- Normal schedule from 06:00 am to 10:00 pm every day
- Routes 8, 10, 12, 17, 24, A13, C01, C07, F18, F21, F34, F43 and X23 available at 30-minute intervals from 10:00 pm to 06:00 am daily
It is important to bear in mind that with the ongoing Covid-19 situation this year, Ramadan in the UAE is going to be slightly different from how we know it.
The above-mentioned Ramadan 2020 UAE work timings will be effective from the first day of the holy month and will continue throughout till month end. Astrologer Ibrahim Al Jarwan anticipates Ramadan 2020 to last 30 days till Saturday, May 23. However, the final dates and duration of the month will be subject to moon sightings in the UAE.
Fasting is a virtue sacred to the Muslims. As you prepare to spend the next month fasting and worshipping the Creator, remember to make the most of the Ramadan duas that will bring additional blessings to your efforts.
Also, just so you don’t miss out on your daily prayers, Bayut has compiled the complete chart for Ramadan prayer timings in 2020. Follow up on it and set daily reminders to help you keep up with them.
Unfortunately, there may not be any dining out opportunities for iftar, given the ongoing Covid-19 situation but there are restaurants offering iftar home delivery in Dubai. We’ll be bringing you more on that soon.
Stay tuned to MyBayut for all the latest updates on Ramadan 2020 in Dubai and the rest of the UAE.