Workers in the UAE – both in the public and private sectors – will have four days off to celebrate Eid Al Adha this year.
Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday that Sunday, August 11, will be the first day of Eid Al Adha.
Following the sighting of the moon on Thursday, the Dhu Al Hijjah month began on Friday, August 2.
The gathering on Mount Arafat will be on Saturday, August 10, and August 11 will the first day of Eid Al Adha.
The UAE’s Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) had already announced the Eid Al Adha holidays for the public and private sectors will be observed with holidays from the 9th until the 12th of Dhu Al Hijjah.
Hence workers will be off from Saturday, August 10 until Tuesday, August 13.
Eid Al Adha, known as the ‘feast of the sacrifice’, honours the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son to God. Before he could commit the act, God sent an angel to replace the sacrifice with a sheep.
During Eid, Muslims sacrifice an animal in commemoration of this act and divide it into three parts.
One third is for family, one third is for relatives, friends and neighbours and one third is given to the poor and needy.