Monday (1 September 2008) will be the first day of Ramadan and fasting.
The Gulf News said that this date was declared on Saturday by the chairman of the UAE moonsighting committee even though the Ramadan moon was not sighted after using Sharia methods.
The Abu Dhabi government has issued a comprehensive Working Hours policy for its emirate in which it states that:
* Official working hours will be reduced by two hours daily during the Holy month of Ramadan.
* During the Holy month of Ramadan, office hours shall begin at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.
* Each government entity shall schedule the shift working hours in accordance with its work requirements
It looks like each Emirate and ‘government entity’ has some flexibility in determining their working hours.
Dr Geoff Pound
Image: Ramadan greetings
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