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The UAE Ministry of Labour (MoL) announced the midday break rule period, which prohibits labourers from outdoor work between 12:30pm and 3pm.
The mandatory annual midday work break aims to ensure the well-being of the labourers who work in the scorching heat during the summer months from June15-September15.
The implementation of the Afternoon Work Ban decision, which ran for 10 consecutive years, came in line with the integrated policies and initiatives of the labour market to ensure interests of both the production sides and protect workers, being important partners in the production and development process.
Employers were obliged to provide workers with shaded areas during that period, aside from ensuring a safe working environment at all times.
Ministry of Labour was satisfied by the rising level of commitment in applying the decision, praising the initiative taken by some private enterprises during the past years for implementing the initiative ahead of the notified time.