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UAE Implements Midday Break; Violators Face Fines up to Dh50,000

Work under direct sunlight and in open-air areas across the UAE between 12.30pm and 3.00pm prohibited

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Published on May 31, 2024, 16:48:39


UAE authorities announced implementation midday break policy effective

The UAE authorities announced the implementation of the midday break policy, effective from June 15 to September 15, 2024. This measure, now in its 20th consecutive year, prohibits work under direct sunlight and in open-air areas across the UAE from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Employers will face a fine of Dh5,000 for each employee found working during the restricted hours, with fines reaching up to Dh50,000 for multiple violations. Certain jobs are exempt from this policy, including those related to water supply or electricity, traffic control, laying asphalt, pouring concrete on roadworks, and other essential services.

Companies engaged in these activities must request a permit to continue working during the midday break. The Ministry will also launch awareness campaigns and conduct field visits to work sites to ensure compliance with the policy.

Employers are required to provide materials such as parasols and shaded areas to protect employees working under direct sunlight. The job sites should have fans and sufficient drinking water, as well as first aid equipment.

“Implementing the Midday Break has become a deeply ingrained culture in the UAE’s business community and among private-sector companies in the country, given its role in ensuring the health and safety of workers, who we consider to be the most valuable resource of any company," said Mohsin Al Nassi, Assistant Undersecretary for Inspection Affairs at the The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE).

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