UAE announces week-long Eid Al Fitr break for the public sector

Government offices will remain closed from July 3 – 9

The United Arab Emirates has announced that public sector employees will be off from Sunday, July 3 to Saturday, July 9 for the occasion of Eid Al Fitr.

The holiday was approved during a UAE Cabinet meeting chaired by UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Government sector employees will resume work on Sunday, July 10.

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The Cabinet also approved an adjustment to the working days of the administrative and educational bodies for the year 2015-2016, official news agency WAM reported. Accordingly, the last working day for this year will be June 30, 2016.

Eid Al Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, is expected to fall on July 6, according to astronomers.

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Depending on the sighting of the new moon, private sector workers in the UAE could get a four-day weekend from July 6 to July 9.

Ramadan, which began on Monday, June 6, is the month when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

The fasting hours this year crossed 15 hours during the longest days.