Summer working hours in the GCC

By Joanna Taylor, Neil Crossley, Patricia Wardrop, Ashleigh Robertson, Iain Skinner and Sarah Lawrence

With summer now upon us and the temperature and humidity continuing to rise, the annual summertime working hours restrictions will soon be implemented in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, having already taken effect in the remaining GCC countries. The aim of the summertime working hours is to protect the health and safety of employees. Employers must not force their employees to carry out any sort of work under direct sunlight during the dates and hours stated below.

Employers face severe penalties if they are found by the labour inspectors to be breaching the summertime working hours restrictions. Penalties include fines, a ban on obtaining new work permits and, in severe cases, a closure of the establishment.

We set out below the dates and summertime working hours that apply for each GCC country as well as the implementing ministerial resolution…

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