Ramadan in UAE: President announces remote work for federal employees during holy month

Sheikh Mohamed has also announced remote working hours for students in universities and public schools on Fridays

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Published: Wed 15 Mar 2023, 3:49 PM

Last updated: Wed 15 Mar 2023, 10:14 PM

Under the directive of the President of the UAE, 70 per cent of federal employees will work remotely on Fridays during the holy month of Ramadan. The rest of the staff will be working on site during the entire month.

On Wednesday, the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, directed that the federal government employees shifts would be 70% remote and 30% in person attendance during the month.


He has also announced remote working hours for students in universities and public schools on Fridays. This will be carried out taking into account the dates of pre-determined physical exams.

Later it was announced that under the directives of the UAE President, official working hours for Abu Dhabi Government employees on Fridays during Ramadan will be 70 per cent remote and 30 per cent in office; and 100 per cent remote for government universities and schools, considering prescheduled exams.


Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has also directed Dubai government entities to implement a remote working system.

The Dubai Government Human Resources Department has also announced that the official working hours during the holy month will be from Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 2:30pm, and on Fridays from 9 am to 12noon.

Earlier, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) had stressed that ministries and federal authorities could implement flexible working or remote work schedules during Ramadan in line with their specific requirements.

FAHR had also announced the official working hours during the holy month of Ramadan for the employees of federal authorities. According to the circular, the official working hours for ministries and federal authorities will be from 9:00 to 14:30 from Monday to Thursday, and from 9:00 to 12:00 on Friday.

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