This year’s annual midday break rule for outdoor workers close on Friday, September 15 after a three-month period of relief offered during the hottest part of the summer, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) said on Friday.

It has been in operation since 2004 in the UAE, to prevent any work in direct sunlight between 12.30pm and 3pm to help ensure the well-being and safety of labourers working outside in the summer heat.

Daily working hours must not exceed eight hours in the morning or night shift, and overtime must be paid to those working additional hours.

In August, the ministry announced that there was 99.7 per cent compliance of the rules by 53,569 companies.

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