UAE declares Eid Al Adha holidays for public, private sectors

The government has announced four days of holidays



The UAE’s Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) has announced the Eid Al Adha holidays for the public and private sectors.

On its official Twitter account, the authority said that Eid Al Adha will be observed with holidays on from the 9th until the 12th of the Islamic month of Dhu Al Hijjah.

That is likely to fall on Saturday, August 10, until Tuesday, August 13, according to reports.

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.

The UAE cabinet announced earlier this year that both public and private sectors will have the same number of public holidays.

Read: UAE public and private sector to have same number of national holidays

The announcement in March followed the approval of a decree designed to bring equality to the public and private sectors, with the UAE government communications office saying on Twitter: “The decree aims at achieving a balance between the two sectors and supporting the national economy”.