Ramadan UAE 2022 - A Complete Guide
Ramadan is just around the corner–one week, in fact. According to one astronomer, Ramadan 2022 will begin on April 2. But we are still waiting on confirmation by the UAE’s moon-sighting committee. The official announcement will likely come on April 1. All public and private sector businesses, government entities, and organizations across the country, like in previous years, will observe reduced working hours during the month. With that in mind, let’s look at the UAE Ramadan 2022 from all aspects.
Ramadan Working Hours in UAE for Public Sector 2022
Reduced working hours for the public sector for Ramadan 2022 were recently announced by the UAE Government. All public organisations in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the northern emirates would adhere to uniform timings from 09:00 am to 02:30 pm – Monday to Thursday.
During Ramadan, Friday will see those entities open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM - or three hours.
The Friday (Jumah) prayers will begin at 01:15 pm, so all public sector employees will have enough time to get ready and attend the congregational prayers. Under the directives, up to 40% of government employees are allowed to work from home on Fridays.
Government entities are now allowed to grant employees flexible work timings, as long as work is not affected. In addition, there will be remote possibilities too.
Ramadan Working Hours in UAE for Private Sector 2022
As per the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announcement, working hours during Ramadan in UAE for the private sector have been reduced by two hours.
All institutions in the country’s private sector are expected to comply with the UAE law on Ramadan working hours.
UAE Ramadan Iftar Tents are Back
After taking 2020 and 2021 off, the UAE’s famed Iftar tents will be making a full official return this Ramadan.
The tradition will continue starting Ramadan this April 2, if the moon is sighted.
UAE Ramadan Tent Rules 2022:
- To enter a tent, attendees must show a green AlHosn pass or negative PCR test.
- Guests in the tent must keep a physical distance between themselves and others at all times
- Guests must keep masks on at all time sunless eating or drinking—face masks and hand sanitizer will be provided in each tent (by law!)
- Capacity will be controlled, so check with security at the entrance of each tent to make sure it’s ok to go in
- Disposable table covers must be used, and disposable plates, cups and spoons are suggested, so be ready for that or bring your own cutlery if you aren’t a plastic person
- Handshakes are a no-no—avoid handshakes
- Iftar tents will open early—two hours before Maghrib prayer to avoid overcrowding at the time to break fast
- Every Iftar tent has to have a permit from the Emirates Red Crescent—so if it doesn’t, it’s not a legal Iftar tent!
Ramadan 2022 Sale Begins in the UAE
With the holy month of Ramadan one week away, major retailers in the UAE have launched massive discounts on thousands of both consumable and non-consumable products during the month of fasting.
With prices slashed up 90 per cent, some of the major retailers that have announced special Ramadan discounts include Union Coop, Sharjah Coop, Al Maya Supermarket, Amazon, Noon, Danube Homes, Pan Emirates and others.
With Ramadan coming in April this year, with an expected start date of April 2 and an ending date of May 1, that would most likely mean that Eid Al Fitr will fall on Monday, May 2. That means a five-day long holiday starting Saturday, April 30 and going until Wednesday, May 4.
We can’t be sure, of course, as all dates are subject to the sighting of the moon, which won’t be determined until the night before.
the UAE switched to a Saturday-Sunday weekend at the beginning of this year, as announced in December.
As this year will see us inching towards summer, that will mean longer days throughout this year’s Ramadan, and fasting hours that will go from 13 hours and 40 minutes at the beginning of april all the way until 14 hours and 20 minutes by the beginning of May.
FREQUENTLY QUESTIONS ABOUT RAMADAN IN THE UAE
Q: Should all UAE employees work 2 hours less during Ramadan?
As per the latest announcements, the UAE Ramadan working hours have been reduced by two hours for the private sector. Those who are not of the Muslim faith are also entitled to Ramadan UAE working hours.
Q: How many hours Muslims should work during Ramadan in UAE?
Employees in government departments and offices based in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, RAK, Fujairah, Ajman and Umm al Quwain will have a five and a half-hour workday – from Monday to Thursday. Fridays will be a working day according to the new weekend rules. Hence, offices will be open from 09:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Q: When does Ramadan begin in the UAE in 2022?
According to astronomical analysis, April 2nd will be the country’s first day of Ramadan in 2022. However, the UAE moon sighting committee hasn’t made the official confirmation.
Q: How many days are Muslims expected to fast in Ramadan 2022?
Muslim residents in the United Arab Emirates will fast from dawn until sunset for 29 or 30 days during Ramadan 2022, depending on moon sighting.
Q: How will Ramadan be observed in Dubai this year?
If you are a new resident in Dubai, you may be wondering what you can do during the blessed month. Besides reduced UAE Ramadan working hours, there is a lot you can do during Ramadan 2022 in Dubai. For example, malls in Dubai are expected to stay open longer. So, you can count on some late night shopping. Not to mention, you can book at a table at any iftar tent or your favourite restaurant.
Q: How can I make the most of Ramadan 2022?
Giving back to the community is one of the best ways to make the most of Ramadan blessings. You can always reach out to those less fortunate during the blessed month. Many charitable organisations in the UAE make the prospect easier. So, you can get in touch with any of the Ramadan charities in Dubai to do your part.
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