96 establishments were detected violating the decision

«Tawteen»: «Ban on work at noon» contributed to increasing productivity

  • The labor market adopts best practices in the fields of occupational health and safety. From the source

  • Mohsen Al-Nasi: "The high percentage of commitment of the private sector confirms the consolidation of the foundations of occupational health and safety in the labor market."


The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) has announced that most private sector establishments have committed to the ban on outdoor work and under the sun from 12:30 pm to 15 pm, which was implemented from June 15 and expired on September 19 for the <>th consecutive year.

The ministry revealed that 96 establishments violated the noon work ban during the months of its implementation, which witnessed the implementation of more than 113,<> field visits to establishments for inspection purposes and to ensure compliance with the ban application, in addition to raising awareness of the need to adhere to the ban and its importance for the safety and health of workers.

The "noon work ban" is one of the main pillars of the occupational health and safety system in the labor market and aims to provide a safe environment for workers, and protect them from injuries caused by exposure to sunlight and high temperatures during this period of the year, and has become one of the main labor gains in the labor market.

The Assistant Undersecretary for Inspection Affairs, Mohsen Al-Nasi, praised the commitment of establishments to implement the ban, "which confirms their keenness to achieve the highest standards of competitiveness and social responsibility in their work, and to consolidate the foundations of occupational health and safety in the labor market in the country."

He praised the government and private agencies that cooperated with the ministry during the "noon work ban", especially those that supported the project to provide 356 rest stations secured with basic services for delivery bikers in the regions of the country, praising the commitment of delivery companies that were keen to implement the ban and protect delivery drivers.

He also praised the members of the community who interacted with the "ban" by launching initiatives aimed at appreciating the workforce, especially by providing it with juices and water, as well as communicating with the ministry and reporting cases of workers working during the ban period.

Al-Nasi explained that «the continued application of the noon work ban is consistent with the ministry's efforts to enhance the leadership and attractiveness of the labor market, by adopting best practices and legislation in the fields of occupational health and safety, and enhancing the welfare of the workforce», considering that «the ban on work at noon has become a requirement for the parties to the work relationship, because of the increase in productivity, reduction in injuries, and stability of labor relations».

During the period of implementation of the decision, the Ministry intensified awareness efforts during the ban period to raise awareness of its importance to protect workers through electronic bulletins and videos through its accounts on social media platforms as well as national media, in parallel with efforts made by government agencies to raise awareness according to the sectors concerned with them.

She stressed that the noon work ban, which is applied for the 19th consecutive year, constitutes one of the UAE's humanitarian policies, adding: "The decision contributed to protecting workers and maintaining their safety, and we look forward to continuing to cooperate and ensure the commitment of all establishments during the coming period, in order to achieve common goals in enhancing the competitiveness of the labor market, and ensuring business continuity by preserving these establishments on their human cadres, which are their most important resources."

The decision obliges employers to follow a set of measures and standards that they must implement during the ban period, the most important of which are providing sufficient quantities of water, other irrigation materials and salts authorized for use in the country, providing umbrellas to protect workers from sunlight during the noon downtime, providing possible tools and amenities, and securing appropriate cooling tools in rest areas such as fans.

The Ministry stated that the percentage of commitment of private establishments to implement the noon work ban is high, which confirms the keenness of establishments to protect their human resources by providing safety and security conditions, as well as confirming that this commitment is a well-established culture in the UAE labor market based on protecting workers' rights.