UAE to ban outdoor construction work in July, August

June 10th, 2008 - 9:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, June 10 (IANS) In order to provide respite to construction workers from the blazing summer sun, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has banned outdoor work between 12.30 p.m. and 3 p.m. from July to August. According to the midday break rule, introduced in 2005, construction companies have to stop all outdoor work from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., the hottest period of the day.

The rule will stay in effect from July 1 to August 31.

A large number of the 1.5 million expatriate Indians in this Gulf nation work as contract labour in this country’s booming construction industry.

Undersecretary in the UAE’s Ministry of Labour Humaid Bin Deemas said here Tuesday that labour inspectors would be out at work sites to ensure that the midday break rule was followed.

“We need to ensure that everybody adheres to the rule as we are keen to protect workers from the soaring heat of July and August,” the Gulf News quoted Deemas as saying.

Over 200 inspectors will be out on duty in Dubai and the five northern emirates of Sharjah, Umm Al Qawain, Fujairah, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah.

UAE’s Minister for Labour Saqr Gobash has issued a ministerial decision stipulating that companies violating this rule would be penalised.

Last month, Bahrain had also announced that the midday break rule would be effective in July and August.

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