UAE earning praise for midday rule

DUBAI — Many international labour rights organisations have praised the UAE's midday break rule for labourers, Minister of Labour Dr Ali bin Abdullah Al Kaabi, has said.

By Mary Nammour

Published: Fri 20 Jul 2007, 9:53 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:14 AM

The minister said this yesterday while touring a construction site of Ascon Company. He was there to inspect the company's compliance with the government's midday break rule that is applicable for companies in the UAE's hottest months of July and August.

Dr Al Kaabi also distributed cold water bottles, refreshment snacks and some clothes among workers on the occasion. He was accompanied by Humaid bin Demas, assistant under-secretary at the Ministry of Labour (MoL) and Maher Al Oubad, director of Inspection Department in Dubai.

The minister said: "The midday break rule comes in line with the directives of our leadership that considers the rights of labourers as a top priority. The rule should be applied for all labourers whether in the private or public sector, especially for those working in the open."

Dr Al Kaabi urged all companies to comply with the midday break rule considering its humanitarian aspect.

"The midday break rule is a message of gratitude for the labourers who have built this country with their hands," the minister said.

On the occasion, Dr Al Kaabi also listened to the labourers' views on the way they were being treated and assessed their satisfaction with the work environment.

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