Up until September 15, Saudi Arabia forbids working outside in the sun


Riyadh – Starting on Thursday, Saudi Arabian workers will not be permitted to work outside in the sun at specific times of the day.

Workers are not permitted to work between the hours of noon and three o’clock beginning June 15 and continuing until September 15, according to a ruling posted on the website of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development of the Kingdom.

“This decision falls under the umbrella of protecting the safety and health of those working in the private sector and to prevent anything that can lead to health dangers while providing a safe and healthy work environment for them,” the statement reads.

The ministry urged business owners to adjust working hours accordingly in order to protect their staff and stop any mishaps, “which is reflected in an improvement and increased productivity.”

The ministry further stated that violators of the ruling could be reported using either the ministry’s mobile application or the unified number 19911.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization in the United Arab Emirates made a similar decision, which took effect on Thursday. The Midday Break will prohibit employees from working outside in the sun between 12:30 and 3:00 p.m. local time.

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