The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) is set to roll out 6,000 new rest stations for delivery workers across the nation.  

They will be provided access to an interactive map of all 6,000 rest stations so that they can access the nearest during the country’s Midday Break, a period when outdoor work is prohibited due to extreme heat. 

The Midday Break, which will be enforced by the MoHRE, will take place from 12.30pm to 3.00pm from 15 June until 15 September 2024.  

Employers are required to offer cooling devices, shaded areas and sufficient hydration to protect their workers from direct sunlight and heat. 

The latest initiative is a collaborative effort between MoHRE, the Integrated Transport Centre in Abu Dhabi, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority, departments of economic development across the UAE and delivery companies including Deliveroo, Noon, Talabat and Careem.  

Retail outlets, including cloud kitchens, restaurants and shopping centres, will also contribute rest areas. 

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The current expansion builds on the ministry’s initiative from 2023 which provided 365 rest stations for delivery workers.  

The ministry also urged community members to report any violations of the Midday Break through its call centre, website and app, ensuring compliance and the health and safety of workers. 

The MoHRE stated: “Delivery services are a key logistical sector, unique in nature, given that its workers do not stay in one place while the Midday Break is enforced, and due to the nature of certain materials being transported that need to be delivered on time.”