[ltr]A practice march on Tuesday night in front of the cannon at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, fired each evening of Ramadan to signal the maghrib prayer. Reem Mohammed / The National[/ltr]
Ramadan 2015: Fasting to begin on Thursday
The National staff - http://www.thenational.ae/uae/ramadan-2015-fasting-to-begin-on-thursday
June 17, 2015 Updated: June 17, 2015 02:27 PM
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Fasting for Ramadan will begin on Thursday, the official moon-sighting committee has announced.
Justice Minister Sultan bin saeed Al Badi said in a statement following the committee’s meeting that Wednesday would be the last day of the Hijri month of Sha’ban of 1436 H, and therefore Thursday would be the first day of Ramadan.
Workers in the private sector will have two hours cut from their days during Ramadan, it was announced on Monday.
Employees in all enterprises, institutions and private-sector companies will work the reduced hours without any impact on wages.
The Ministry of Labour will continue to provide services to customers in labour offices from 9am to 5.30pm and will carry out inspections during the holy month, except on Fridays and Saturdays. The ministry will apply a flexible working hours system among staff to ensure service provision.
The announcement came from Minister of Labour Saqr Ghobash, and is an implementation of the provision of Article 65 of Federal Law number eight of 1980 concerning the regulation of labour relations.