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 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
 May 24 2016 - Dubai Courts reveals 2015s results & achievements in Annual ReportMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) UAE May 23, 2016– Dubai Courts has launched today (Monday, May 23, 2016) its Annual Report 2015, reflecting a significant improvement in the performance of the three courts; ...

 May 24 2016 - GCC countries need structural economic reform to retain prosperityMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) GCC countries must create a new economic paradigm to successfully end reliance on oil, according to accountancy and finance body ICAEW. This was the outcome of ICAEW’s ...

 May 24 2016 - Arabnet Partners with Smart Dubai to Highlight Smart Economy and Digital Business TransformationMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) UAE, May 23, 2016 - For the second year in a row, Smart Dubai Office is partnering with the ArabNet Digital Summit to highlight digital transformation in the public and private ...

 May 24 2016 - Al Ansari Exchange pledges AED 50 million donation to various charities in commemoration of its Golden JubileeMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) UAE, May 23, 2016–Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, commemorates the 50thAnniversary of its establishment. To mark the ...

 May 24 2016 - Help Pick a Festival Winner and Get Insight from 5-time Emmy Winner at New Media Film FestivalMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Help Pick a Festival Winner and Get Insight from 5-time Emmy Winner at New Media Film Festival Honoring Stories Worth Telling Paul Wagner - Digital Keynote Speaker Ana Kasparian ...

 May 24 2016 - Global Heparin Cap Consumption 2016 Market Research ReportMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Global Heparin Cap Consumption 2016 Market Research Report The Global Heparin Cap Consumption 2016 Market Research Report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state ...

 May 24 2016 - Global Hold The Needle Detector Consumption Analysis by Capacity, Production, Cost, Gross & RevenueMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Global Hold The Needle Detector Consumption Analysis by Capacity, Production, Cost, Gross & Revenue The Global Hold The Needle Detector Consumption 2016 Market Research Report is ...

 May 24 2016 - Stealing towels from hotelsMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Stealing towels from hotels Hotels are using trackers for stealing towels NORTHBROOK, ILLINOIS, USA, May 24, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ -- In the luxury stay at hotels, the ...

 May 24 2016 - Insulin Needles Consumption 2016 Global Market Research ReportMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Insulin Needles Consumption 2016 Global Market Research Report The Global Insulin Needles Consumption 2016 Market Research Report is a professional and in-depth study on the current ...

 May 24 2016 - Global Insulin Pen Consumption 2016 Market Research ReportMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Global Insulin Pen Consumption 2016 Market Research Report The Global Insulin Pen Consumption 2016 Market Research Report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of ...

more...


 





Google

 
 

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