Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Qatar- Rising temperatures a challenge for fasting workers  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - The Peninsula - 08/07/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Rising mercury levels has made it challenging for some blue collar workers to fast this Ramadan.

Construction workers, car washers and gardeners, among others, who expose more to the heat and humidity say they feel dehydrated and more tired than on usual working days due to the weather and fasting. Some said they cannot stand the heat and stress and opted not to fast.

A few employers allow workers to rest frequently or adjust work for those fasting besides the ban on work in open places between 11.30am and 3pm.

And majority of workers get their food from charities and avoid cooking or taking it from a 'mess' provided by employers.

"We work eight hours a day on a usual shift. It's very difficult when the humidity level rises, especially these days during fasting," said a car washer at the underground parking slot of a popular shopping mall.

"We take rest between work, but here only, we have no access to air condition, sometimes we walk out of the parking slot but it's hot outside, too."

Many employers give fasting Muslim workers the option of working in the morning and evening or night shifts.

But even in the morning, the humidity is making it difficult for blue collar workers to fast and work.

"We work only in the mornings, six hours. Our work is not hard labour but with the heat, it's sometimes difficult for us to fast.

"By 9am, we feel tired. Every day we fast and come to work but on two days I couldn't continue," said a gardener in his morning shift in New Salata.

Most construction sites begin work between 4am and 6am and finish before 11.30am.

"We start work early in the morning, so workers can get back to their accommodation before the temperature is high. But if anyone feels sick or tired, we let them rest," said a senior official of a construction company.

Some workers say in hot weather, fasting and travelling in non-AC buses from work sites to their accommodations around noon make them uneasy.

"We come to work by 4am and leave by 10am, but it is around 11.30am when we reach our accommodation.

"We feel suffocated as we get into the bus, most of the time we keep all windows open and try to keep eyes closed," said a construction worker at a site in Old Airport area.

However, some employers have made changes to the nature of work for those fasting.

"They start work at 6am and finish by 11am, and we give only light work. They are given a 10-minute break every half an hour," said an official at the safety office of a construction company.

Most blue collar workers who fast depend on charities for food, as it takes away the burden of cooking.

"Most days we feel tired to cook. We attend Iftar everyday at Ramadan tents. There the food is rich and good. My colleagues and I take rice and meat for Suhour. We warm the food and eat and soon after morning prayer leave for work. Many I know do the same," said a construction worker.

 


The Peninsula




  MENA News Headlines
 Aug 27 2015 - Peninsula Energy in share consolidation ahead of NYSE MKT listingProactiveInvestors - Australia
(MENAFN - ProactiveInvestors)Pending U.S. uranium producer Peninsula Energy (ASX:PEN) will conduct a 40 for 1 share consolidation of its listed ordinary shares and options ahead of a listing on the ...

 Aug 27 2015 - Dubai's Al Habtoor seeks to borrow USD408mMENAFN
(MENAFN) Dubai's Al Habtoor Group is seeking to finance its property investments, and is intending to borrow USD408 million from local banks to achieve that.First Gulf Bank has stepped in to see the ...

 Aug 27 2015 - Saudi Red Sea mall unveils USD46.5m expansionMENAFN
(MENAFN) The Red Sea Mall, Jeddah's biggest shopping center, has just declared the beginning of its largest expansion project, estimated at USD46.5 million.This main stream project is considered the ...

 Aug 27 2015 - EGOTH prioritises investing in company's assets in FY 2015/2015: ChairmanDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The profits of the Egyptian General Company for Tourism and Hotels (EGOTH) amounted to EGP 156m during fiscal year (FY) 2014/2015, according to the company's Chairman and ...

 Aug 27 2015 - Egypt- EGX rises minimally, remains affected by global performanceDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX) recovery continued for a second trading day on Wednesday, after witnessing a continuous dropping pattern. The benchmark index EGX-30 ...

 Aug 27 2015 - Mahmoud Hussein: Youth without youth in Egypt's cellsDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Mahmoud Mohamed Hussein was 18 years old when he was arrested. . Today he has grown a little older, and wonders at what age he will possibly be released from prison. Like ...

 Aug 27 2015 - Egypt- Rice exports haltedDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour has issued a decision to stop exporting rice beginning in September.Abdel Nour explained in a statement ...

 Aug 27 2015 - Egypt- Boycott campaign seeks to lower skyrocketing meat pricesDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) campaign was launched on social media platforms in Egypt calling on citizens to boycott buying meat, in protest of the increasing prices of meat.The campaign said, on its ...

 Aug 27 2015 - UAE- DP World 1H profits increase 22%Daily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Global marine terminal operator DP World announced that its profits for the first half of 2015 have increased by 22%, as the company handled more cargo in addition to ...

 Aug 27 2015 - Egypt- Controversial TV host Ahmed Moussa awaits court order on programmeDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Controversial TV host Ahmed Moussa is facing a court decision regarding the halting of his daily programme, according to a decision issued Wednesday by the advisory board ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help