Dubai’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has announced a two-hour reduction in work hours for private sector employees during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan. While this move has been welcomed by many, experts are calling for more action from companies to support their employees during this religious period. Suggestions include implementing flexible and remote working, organizing Iftar get-togethers, offering extra breaks, and adjusting break timings to allow employees to rest and recharge during the day.
Aisha Amarsi, a senior manager of human resources at Hays, emphasized the importance of creating an inclusive and supportive workplace culture that respects the religious beliefs and practices of employees. Meanwhile, Nicki Wilson, the owner and managing director of Genie Recruitment, suggested that managers delegate tasks creatively and be aware of non-fasting employees. Both experts highlighted the need for clear communication, effective prioritization, and a focus on results rather than hours worked to ensure productivity isn’t affected.
Ramadan is a time of giving and kindness, and companies are encouraged to celebrate local traditions, build team spirit, and respect the religious practices of their employees.