The UAE's Ministry of Labour is to fine and downgrade classifications for 148 firms who have been fined for flouting the midday working ban during the summer months.
The ban, which was put into place on June 15, will last until September 15 during which workers should be allowed to rest between 12.30pm-3.000pm to avoid heat exhaustion.
Despite this, the ministry found that 99.41% of the 25,248 companies had complied with the rules. The assistant Labour Minister for Inspection, Maher Al Obed, said that the ministry planned to conduct 30,000 awareness visits to sites and 50,000 field inspections during the period. It has already completed awareness campaigns at 17,296 sites.
Construction companies who flout the ban face fines of up to AED: 15,000 per worker involved.