Ramadan 2011 marks another chance for every expatriate in the Middle East to breathe and breakaway from the stress and exhaustion that one has to face for working in a strange country. Qatar, like any other country in the gulf region, will observe a shorter time schedule at work than the usual long working hours. Aside from that, all expats are looking forward with the coming Eid Holidays after Ramadan 2011.
The Qatar Labor Law clearly states that every company should only allow someone to work for a total of 36hours a week during Ramadan. However, one is allowed to work more than 6hours a day as required with their job role and provided that the extra hours after the first six hours are going to be considered as overtime.
In my case, I’d be working in two shifts from 7:30Am to 12PM and 8PM to 10:30PM with an overtime pay of 1.5Hours a day. But I think that pretty much is a good deal than sleeping whole day for doing nothing. Not that I’m complaining but broken schedule is somehow troublesome. Lucky are those expats who will only have to work from morning to afternoon. Anyway, here is what is inked in Qatar Labour Law.
Ramadan 2011 marks the second year that I am going to observe the holy month of our Muslim brothers. This is the time of the year where they strictly observe fasting and prayers. In respect to their tradition, Christians and other religions are not allowed to eat in public during the day that’s why most restaurants will be closed this time.
Sheikh Al Thani, Qatar Science Club’s Astronomy Department Director said that Ramadan 2011 will be on August 1, and the first tarawih prayer will be on Sunday night. Click here to read the report about Ramadan 2011 – Crescent moon expected to be seen on July 31.
After Ramadan comes expat’s favorite holiday – Eid Al Fitri. This is going to be a three day holiday in Qatar. Below is the schedule of holidays in Qatar for 2011 which includes the coming Eid.
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