The normal working hours in Saudi Arabia are from 8 am to 5 pm with a one-hour lunch break. However, from 15th June to 15th September every year, the government bans working under the Sun from 12 pm to 3 pm.
Working Hours in Saudi Arabia – 2023
- Working Hours for bank employees: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
- Working Hours in Jawazat: 7 am to 3 pm.
- Working Hours in Private Sector: 8 am to 5 pm (timings vary)
Work Ban in Afternoon Hours
The Ministry of Labor and Social Development issues a ban every year according to the ministerial decision No.3337 dated 15/7/1435 which prohibits “an employee to work under the direct sun from 12 noon to 3 pm between 15th June to 15th September.”.
Saudi citizens and expats should contact the ministry’s customer service No.19911 for any queries or lodging of complaints about any violations.
Last year the Ministry banned more than 280 firms that violated the rules. Moreover, a fine of up to SR 3,000/worker is also imposed on them.
It is important to know that this ban does not include the workers who are working in fields of maintenance or with the oil and gas companies. However, companies are supposed to ensure necessary safety measures for those who are working in this boiling heat.