UAE's midday summer break for outdoor workers to end on Wednesday

The mandatory law offers much-needed respite from the intense summer sunshine

ABU DHABI - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - 15JUNE2015 - Labourer take their first day of the summer midday break at a construction site on Al Reem Island in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National (for News) *** Local Caption ***  RK1506-Middaybreak03.jpg
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The UAE's mandatory midday break for people working outdoors during the summer months will come to an end on Wednesday, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has announced.

The annual initiative, which was introduced in 2004, offers employees respite from the scorching sun during the warmest period of the year.

Daytime temperatures in the UAE often reach the mid-forties and in June of this year the area of Sweihan in the Al Ain region the mercury almost touched 52°C.

The mandatory midday break, from 12.30pm until 3pm, came into force on June 15.

Employers are prohibited from making staff work outdoors during the three-month period.

Updated: September 14, 2021, 1:05 PM