Dubai’s summer ban on working in the midday sun is coming into effect this week, on Thursday June 15.
The rules mean that workers out in the sun are legally required to rest and take shelter between 12.30pm and 3pm, purely down to the fact that it is getting far too hot to be outside.
From June 15 to September 15, inspectors will be patrolling the city throughout summer, ensuring construction sites and other outdoor sites abide by the law.
Deputy director of the general directorate of residency and foreigners affairs in Dubai, and chairman of the standing committee for labour affairs in the emirate, Major General Obaid Muhair Bun Surour, was reported by state news agency WAM as saying “The committee will conduct seven patrols. There will be three inspectors in each patrol, representing the labour committee, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and Dubai Municipality to ensure full enforcement of the midday ban as per regulations in this respect.”
He added that, should a party be found to have violated the midday ban - which is intended to protect workers and ensure occupational safety in a secure, safe working environment – they will be liable for a non-compliance fine of Dhs5,000 per worker, and a maximum of Dhs50,000 in case of multiple workers who continue to work despite the ban.
The announcement will come as good news to anyone who has to face summer conditions on a daily basis.