Ramadan Working Hours in Qatar: Complete Guide (2024)

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Ramadan is a very important period in the Islamic calendar, and Muslims all over the world look forward to welcoming it. More than being the month of fasting, it is also a time for deep reflection and contemplation.

In Qatar, fasting is strictly promoted and observed with many restaurants remaining closed during the daytime. Working hours for most commercial establishments change during the month.

This article summarises the updates about the changes to Ramadan working hours in Qatar during 2024.

Government Sector Working Hours for Ramadan (2024)

The schedule for ministries, government agencies, public bodies, and institutions during Ramadan was announced on March 7, 2024.

To honour the start of Ramadan in 1445 AH (2024 AD), it was decided that civil employees would work five hours a day, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, as per the circular.

Employees may arrive late, up to 10:00 am, as long as they complete the required five hours and meet work demands.

Ministries, government agencies and public bodies and institutions.9 am to 2 pm

During Ramadan, a remote work system will be in place, allowing up to 30 per cent of employees to work remotely, with priority given to Qatari mothers and individuals with disabilities, ensuring minimal disruption to work.

The health and education sectors, as well as the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, will determine their respective working hours and dates based on their specific needs.

Ramadan Timing for Ministry of Interior (2024)

The working hours of different departments of the Ministry of Interior during the month of Ramadan 2024 are as below:

General Directorate of Passports8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Nationality and Travel Documents Department8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Criminal Evidence and Information Department (CEID)9:00 am to 2:00 pm
General Directorate of Traffic8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Traffic Investigation24 hours (7 days a week)
Security-related Departments 24 hours (7 days a week)
Technical Inspection8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Drivers’ Licensing Department at Driving Schools6:00 am to 11:00 am
License Plate Manufacturing Workshop in Ain Khalid8:00 am to 1:00 pm
MOI Working Hours Ramadan 2024
MOI Working Hours Ramadan 2024

Ramadan Timing For Fahes Vehicle Inspection (2024)

Fahes inspection centres working hours during the Holy month of Ramadan 2024 are as below:

StationDaysTimeGate Close
Al MazrouaahSat – Thu8:00 am to 5:00 pm4:30 pm
Wadi Al Banat / MesaimeerSun – Thu8:00 am to 5:00 pm4:30 pm
Al Shahaniya / Al EgdaSun – Thu8:00 am to 5:00 pm4:30 pm
Al Wakra / Al Wukair / Industrial AreaSun – Thu8:00 am to 5:00 pm4:30 pm
Mobile Inspection Unit at Madinat Al Shamal / ExternalWed – Thu8:00 am to 12:00 noon11:45 am
Fahes Working Hours Ramadan 2024
Fahes Working Hours Ramadan 2024

Ramadan Timing for Ministry of Public Health (2024)

The Ministry of Public Health announced the working hours in each of the Medical Commission Department, birth registration offices, and the Department of Medical Relations and Treatment Abroad, during the holy month of Ramadan. 

Ramadan Timing for Medical Commission (2024)

The Ministry of Public Health stated that the Medical Commission Department will receive clients in the morning shift from 9:00 am until 1.00 pm, and the evening shift from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Ramadan Timing for Birth Registration Offices (2024)

The birth registration offices and Deaths Registration Unit at the Humanitarian Services Office will receive clients from 9:30 am until 4.30 pm, also there will be different shifts for workers of the Deaths Registration Unit at the Humanitarian Services Office.

Visitors can complete the procedures for registering a birth certificate online through the ministry’s website.

Ramadan Timing for HMC (2024)

All ambulance and emergency services across HMC’s network of hospitals will continue to operate as normal, 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the holy month of Ramadan.

For those seeking outpatient services, HMC’s clinics will be open in two shifts from Sunday to Thursday, with morning hours from 8am to 1pm, and evening hours from 8pm to 10pm.

The changes to operating hours affect a number of services delivered remotely via the National Healthcare Helpline number: 16000. National Healthcare Helpline number-16000- will be operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during Ramadan. People can access the service by calling 16000, select language and select number according to the service required.

HMC Nesma’ak Customer Service helpline, 16060 will continue to operate 24 hours a day seven days a week.

All emergency and inpatient services in all HMC hospitals24 hours (7 days a week)
HMC Outpatient Department Clinics8 am to 1 pm (Sunday to Thursday)
8 am to 10 pm (Sunday to Thursday)
HMC Urgent Consultation Service8 am to 1 pm (Sun to Thu)
Mental Health Helpline8 am to 4 pm (Sat to Thu)
Blood Donor Center 8 am to1 pm (for non-Muslim donors) and
6 pm to 12 midnight from Sunday to Thursday.
6 pm to 12 midnight (Saturday), Friday: Closed.
Clinical Imaging Call Centre8 am to 6 pm (Sunday to Thursday)
8 am to 2 pm (Saturdays)

Ramadan Timing for PHCC (2024)

The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has announced the operating hours of its healthcare services for the Holy Month of Ramadan, with the majority of the 31 health centers will be working on a two-shift system (morning and evening).

A statement from the PHCC said that the Family Medicine and Support Services will operate from Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, and from 4:00 pm to 12:00 am. Al Wakra Health Center will work continuously from 8:00 am to 12:00 am.

The number of operating centers will be 26 health centers, the statement read.

Dental care services will operate in these centers during the weekdays in two shifts – morning from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, and evening from 7:00 am to 12:00 am.

The centers located outside Doha will operate as follows:

The Al Karaana Health Center: two shifts – morning from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, and evening from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Al Jumailiya Health Center: two shists – morning from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 am, and evening from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 pm,

Al Kaaban and Leghwairiya Health Centers: one shift only from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

The urgent Care Service will be provided across 11 health centers around the clock. The centers of Al Ruwais, Umm Salal, Muaither, Al Mashaf and Al Sadd will serve both adults and children, while those of Gharrafat Al Rayyan, Al Sheehaniya, Abu Bakr Al Siddiq, Rawdat Al Khail, Al Kaaban and Al Karaana will offer services only for adults

Doha Metro Ramadan Working Hours

Doha Metro Ramadan Hours 2024
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Ramadan Working Hours for Private Sector

 The Ministry of Labour in Qatar has specified the maximum allowable working hours during the holy month of Ramadan, according to a recent announcement. 

“In light of the arrival of Ramadan, Article (73) of the Labour Law states that the maximum working hours during Ramadan are 36 hours per week and 6 hours per day,” the ministry said on its social media.

During Ramadan, the majority of employees will work two hours less each day as required by Qatar laws and regulations. The normal working day of eight hours is reduced to six hours for most sectors.

However, some categories like foodstuff stores, pharmacies, and restaurants working on deliveries and the contracting sector are excluded from this practice. The employer can also opt for two hours of overtime work to make it eight hours per day.

According to Article 73 of Qatar Labour Law (Law No 14 of 2004), “The maximum limit of the normal working hours shall be forty-eight hours per week, and of eight hours a day in all the months of the year, except in the month of Ramadan where the maximum working hours shall be thirty-six hours per month of six hours per day.”

The Ministry of Labour is the pertinent Government agency with regulation and enforcement responsibility.

If employers have any questions in relation to their Ramadan working policies and procedures they should attend the Labour Department and confirm that such policies and procedures are compliant. In particular, the hours for employees working in shifts should be discussed and agreed upon.

In case of a complaint, you can contact the Ministry of Labour using any of these channels.

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  1. I am sales person in comapny and i am forced to work 8 hours per day in Ramadan month,i told them about the 36hrs per week in Ramadan according to law Article 73,but they told me resign if i didnt worked as usual 48 hours per week.What should i do?

  2. There is any fine for company who are exeding up to 10 hours of work during ramadan instead of 6 hours working time?

  3. Good day Sir/Ma’am:
    I just want to ask regarding the Ramadan working hours if it’s applicable only for the Muslim. Non Muslim employees are not entitled?

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