UAE authorities are closely observing the execution of the midday break for workers, which commenced in the middle of last month and will continue until September 15. This year marks the 20th consecutive implementation of the break, which bans work under direct sunlight and in open-air areas across the UAE from 12:30 PM to 3 PM.

On Friday, Dr. Abdulrahman Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, inspected a construction site owned by Binghatti Developers as part of the ministry’s inspections in private companies. Last month, he also visited a Sobha Realty construction site, where he reviewed the rest areas and was informed about the health and safety standards employed by the company.

Certain jobs are exempt from the federal policy, including those related to water supply, electricity, traffic control, and essential services. Companies, however, must apply for a midday break exemption permit. Any company found violating the rule will face a fine of Dh5,000 per employee working during the midday break, with penalties potentially reaching Dh50,000 for multiple employees.

According to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (Mohre), “companies are mandated to provide shaded areas for workers during the midday break to shield them from heat stress caused by sun exposure while working. Companies must also ensure adequate cooling, provide sufficient drinking water to prevent dehydration, have first aid equipment at work sites, and other measures to guarantee workers’ comfort.”

Mohre encourages the public to report any violations of the midday break by contacting its call center at 600590000, or through its website or smart app. Additionally, Mohre has partnered with government and private sector companies to establish 6,000 rest stations for delivery workers across the UAE.