Ramadan is the holiest month in Islam, when Muslims around the world abstain from food and drink – including water – between dawn and sunset. Ramadan is an important time for reflection, humanitarian initiatives, and fellowship among friends, family members and colleagues. For organizations operating in Saudi Arabia during this sacred month of Ramadan it’s essential to know about office timings across various cities in order to adjust your work schedule accordingly. In this blog post we will discuss how organizations should handle office timing throughout the holy month of Ramadan for their staff working in different regions of Saudi Arabia.

Ramadan Office Working Hours in Saudi Arabia

During the Holy Month of Ramadan, working hours in Saudi Arabia are set out by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development. The guidelines state that general office hours should take place between 10am and 3pm. Yet, these times can be adjusted to meet the needs of specific government organizations with a two-hour time allowance for these agencies to start work earlier or later. To ensure employees are aware of any changes to their office hours, Government organizations must inform their employees no later than March 10th.

During Ramadan in Saudi Arabia, working hours differ depending on your religion. According to Article 98 of Saudi Labor Law, Muslim employees must work 6 hours a day or 36 hours a week, while Non-Muslims are required to work 8 hours a day or 48 hours a week. This means that those with two off-days per week will only have 30 hours of work during the fasting month. In many cases though, the timing for all workers is set at 6 hours per day in order to maintain equality and fairness among members of different religions.

Employers need to take into account that the Ramadan hours will be shorter than usual so it is important to plan ahead. Employees should be encouraged to begin their fasting during the appropriate hours set by the Saudi Arabian government, usually from sunrise until sunset. They should also take into consideration that their productivity may decrease due to dehydration and lack of energy caused by the fasting.

It is important to note that while employers should respect the religious customs of their staff, they may consider adjusting work hours in order to ensure productivity if it is deemed necessary. Employers should also provide a supportive environment for employees during this period, such as breaks or flexible working hours when needed.

Finally, employers are required to communicate the Ramadan working hours to their employees no later than March 19 in order to ensure that all staff are aware of the changes. This is especially important for businesses located in Saudi Arabia, as they may be required to adhere to these regulations.

Overall, employers should take into consideration the importance of Ramadan and seek to support their employees during this period. By providing a comfortable and supportive environment, employers can ensure that their staff remain productive and motivated during Ramadan.

What are Ramadan Working Hours in Saudi Arabia?

Employers must inform their employees of the Ramadan working hours no later than March 10. The public sector’s work hours are from 10 am to 3 pm for a total of 5 hours per day. For the private sector, the total number of working hours remains 6 per day, with different start and finish times depending on the establishment: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm; 10:30 am to 3:30 pm; or 11:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Ramadan Working Hoursin Saudi Arabia
Office Working Hours10am to 3pm

Employees must comply with the new Ramadan working hours and employers should be aware of any changes or updates issued by the government that might impact the requirements. Furthermore, employers must ensure that their employees take regular breaks during the day to ensure they are able to observe their religious duties. Communication with employees and respect of their religious beliefs is essential in order for Ramadan working hours to be effective.

Employers must also consider the health and safety of all employees as well as factors such as productivity and performance. To this end, employers should create a safe, comfortable and productive working environment for their employees.

This could include providing access to appropriate facilities, offering additional support where needed, or providing flexible working arrangements. By taking these steps, employers can ensure that Ramadan working hours are observed according to the regulations while still maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.

Finally, employers should conduct regular assessments of their Ramadan working practices in order to ensure that they are meeting their legal obligations. This could include conducting health and safety inspections, reviewing employee feedback, or consulting with external advisors to ensure best practice is being followed. By taking the necessary steps, employers can create a Ramadan working environment that meets both their own and their employees’ needs.

Timing of Banks and Government Sector during Ramadan in Saudi Arabia

During Ramadan, the Government Sector in Saudi Arabia has a shortened working day of 10 am to 3 pm. Banks have somewhat longer hours, from 10 am until 4 pm. However, if you are making payments or transfers through Enjaz, SNB Quickpay, Rajhi Tahweel, or Telemoney services, then their offices open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Private sector timings vary depending on the company, so you may want to check their individual policies. Construction Sector labor works from Isha to Suhoor during Ramadan. It’s important to keep in mind the specific timings of each sector when making any payments or transactions during this holy month in Saudi Arabia.

Working HoursIn Saudi Arabia
Banks Timing10 am to 4 pm
Government 10 am to 3 pm
Enjaz, SNB Quickpay, Rajhi Tahweel, Telemoney9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Private CompaniesTimings Depends on company

In addition to these official timings, it’s also important to remember that the country is observing Ramadan, and people should be mindful while conducting business in public places. People are encouraged to dress modestly, respect cultural sensitivities, and if they are fasting, they should keep their energy levels up with food during Suhoor and Iftar. It is also important to keep the spirit of Ramadan alive by engaging in charitable activities, reflecting on spiritual matters, and helping others in need.

By keeping these timings and cultural sensitivities in mind, people can ensure that they are following the laws and traditions of Saudi Arabia during Ramadan and make the most out of this holy month.