Qatar’s government restricts private sector work to six hours a day in Ramadan

August 11, 2010

Qatar’s government has urged the private sector to abide by the law and restrict working hours to six a day during Ramadan.

Thousands of foreigners are employed in the private sector, mainly in the booming construction sector, and the government’s call is likely to be hailed as a “much-needed respite.”

Public sector employees will have to work five hours a day, from 8 am until 1 pm, the government said.

Charity foundations have called for a greater spirit of compassion and generous assistance throughout the sacred month during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and intimate contacts from sunrise until sunset.

Under an initiative to take help around 1,300 needy families, a convoy of 20 specially-converted Land Cruisers will move across Qatar during the holy month of Ramadan .

The initiative, a joint effort of Qatar Telecom (Qtel) and Shaikh Thani Bin Abdullah Al Thani Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF), was launched to ensure that everyone has full support during the special period.

The cars will visit homes and families designated by the RAF and deliver vouchers that can be exchanged for family necessities at LuLu Hypermarkets.

Each visit will deliver enough vouchers for their whole family and the aim is to reach out to every city and village in Qatar, a press release said.

Qtel has donated QR1.3mn to support the programme, in addition to providing volunteers to help distribute the vouchers. The fleet of Land Cruisers can reach families in off-road and challenging locations, Qatari daily Gulf Times reported on Wednesday.

Qtel said it was supporting the convoy programme on an annual basis, as part of its wider corporate social responsibility strategy, “For Qatar, Hand in Hand.”



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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