Saudi Arabia

No Work Under Direct Sunlight Between Jun-15 and Sep-15

A three-month ban on working under the sun between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. for employees of all companies will be implemented on June 15, 2019, according to the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.

The ban, effective through Sept. 15, is to guarantee the safety of employees in the private sector, the ministry said.

The step also reflects the ministry’s commitment to protecting workers from any potential risks in accordance with safety and occupational health considerations.

Workers cautioned against working under the scorching heat and warned them not to expose themselves to possible sunstrokes.

Wary of soaring temperatures in the summer, labour ministries have introduced a strict ban on outdoor work in the early afternoon and imposed heavy penalties against employers who insist on violating the rule.

The rule does not apply to workers in the oil and gas sector or on emergency duty. However, their employers have to ensure that they are well protected from the high risk of exposure to the scorching sun.

If the employer is not following the above rules, anyone can report to the Ministry by calling the Ministry of Labor and Social Developments customer care number 19911.


Mohammed Ameen is an expatriate blogger who loves sharing his experiences of living and working in the Gulf countries.