Dubai schools announce Ramadan timings

Some education groups will have different timings that will vary with each school. (Ashok Verma)

Schools in Dubai have announced reduced Ramadan timings this summer.

Many schools have started informing parents about the revised school hours, which primarily affect Year 1 until Year 13.

“Please be aware that Ramadan is scheduled to commence on Thursday, June 18, 2015.

“School operating hours will be from 8am to 1 pm.

“All school events/ceremonies will proceed accoring to the calendar. We will respect the festival of Ramadan and therefore, all ceremonies will comply,” reads a statement sent out by Emirates International School.

Some education groups will have different timings that will vary with each school.

For example, Ramadan timings for Kings' School Dubai will be different with each of their schools.

Kings' School Dubai will work from 7.45am to 12.30pm, but their Al Barsha branch will follow 8.15am to 12.45pm for foundation stage, 8.15am to 1.00pm primary, 8.15am to 1.15pm secondary; whereas Kings' Nad Al Sheba will work from 8.15am to 12.45pm foundation stage, 8.15am to 1.00pm primary, according to their spokesperson.

The school day for Gems Wellington International School will start at 8.30am and finish at 1.30pm during Ramadan.

Some schools, like Innoventures Education, are yet to announce the timings, which they say is pending approval.

Ramadan in the UAE

Work hours during Ramadan are different in the UAE, with an average two hours reduced from the daily job schedule.

Under the Labour Law, the working hours of all employees shall be reduced by two hours per day during Ramadan.

This means that employees should only work six hours per day (as the statutory maximum working hours are eight hours per day).

These reduced work hours apply to all companies in the UAE proper, whether they are based onshore or in a free zone and does not differentiate between fasting and non-fasting employees.

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