Thursday, June 18, 2015

Timings of Government Offices (Jawazat Offices) during Ramadan

During the month of Ramadan, working timings are reduced under Saudi Labor Law. Working hours per day are reduced to 6 hours and working hours per week are reduced to 36 hours. All the companies operating in Saudi Arabia are required to abide by this rule. In case of non-compliance, they can be reported to Labor Office. It is not only requirement of Saudi Labor Law but generally the requirement of Islamic guidelines to lessen the burden of employees during Ramadan as they are fasting. I think due to second reason; almost 99% companies comply by this rule of the law. Working hours in most of the companies during Ramadan are reduced to 6 hours.

Timings of Government Offices (Jawazat Offices) during Ramadan
In the month of Ramadan, government offices are only operating for 5 hours. The official working timings of government offices including Jawazat offices and MOFA will be from 10:00 am in the morning to 03:00 pm afternoon. There will be only one break for the prayer of Zuhr.  If you are intending to visit government offices during these timings, please be tolerant to the behavior of employees. Keep in mind that they are also fasting and energy level of the human being while fasting is expected to be low. Moreover, you can expect late arrival of few employees.

Source: Saudi Gazette

Eid Al-Fitr holidays for this year will start on Ramadan 25. Work will resume after the Eid holidays on Shawwal 6, Saudi Press Agency quoted the ministry’s circular as saying.
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