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Qatar Cabinet Approves Change In Summer Working Hours In Open Workplaces

Qatar Cabinet approved a ministerial decision by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs to extend the prohibited time in open workplaces during summer. 

The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani chaired the Cabinet’s regular meeting held at the Amiri Diwan.

Cabinet approved the decision to limit working hours for jobs performed under the sun or in open workplaces from June 1 to September 15 annually and prohibit work from 10 am to 3:30 pm.

Every year the Labour Ministry announces special working hours in open workplaces during summer, which was valid till August 31 and prohibits work between 11:30 am to 3 pm.

With the new change, workers will get an additional 2 hours away from the scorching sun and this will positively benefit many people who work in open workplace.

Cabinet approved the MDLSA ministerial decision to replace Resolution no. 16 for the year 2007 of the Minister of Civil Service Affairs and Housing.

The project has been prepared with the aim of tightening control over the requirements and specifications of health and safety at work in open spaces for those who are exposed to high temperatures that can cause heat and health stress.

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