The UAE’s Federal Authority for Government Human Resources has announced Eid Al Fitr holidays for the public sector.
Federal government employees will be off from Thursday, June 14, until the third day of Shawwal (either Sunday, June 17 or Monday, June 18).
Private sector holidays have not yet been officially declared.
Eid Al Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan – when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset – and the start of the Shawwal month.
The first day of Eid is officially announced after the sighting of the crescent moon, but astronomers predict that it will fall on Friday, June 15 this year.
Based on that, Ramadan, which began on Thursday, May 17, is expected to run for 29 days.
Last week, Oman’s government declared that both private and public sector workers in the country will be off from Thursday, June 14 until Monday, June 18. They will resume work from Tuesday, June 19.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman also issued a directive on Tuesday to extend this year’s Eid Al Fitr holiday.
Under the plans, government and military staff will receive around a full working week off to mark the holiday. They will resume work on Sunday, June 24.
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