Eid Holiday Dates Revealed

An unexpectedly generous holiday is in the offing next week as Eid Al Fitr has been declared, with the UAE cabinet declaring a week long holiday for the public sector, and four days for the private sector.
Eid Holiday Dates Revealed
By James Mullan
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The UAE Cabinet has announced that the Eid Al Fitr holiday for the public sector will begin on Sunday, June 2 with work resuming on Sunday, June 9.  The private sector workers will have four days off for Eid Al Fitr this year, according to a circular from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

For the private sector the holiday begins on Ramadan 29, or Monday, June 3, and ends Shawwal 3 - which will be either Thursday, June 6, or Friday, June 7, depending on the length of the holy month.

The UAE's moon-sighting committee will announce the length of Ramadan closer to the time.

School holidays generally follow public sector holidays and the KHDA has confirmed students and teachers will benefit from an unexpectedly generous holiday allocation of five days.

Eid Al Fitr in the past has tended to be a three day holiday for the public sector, and a two day holiday for the private sector.

In March of this year, however, the UAE Cabinet announced that the private sector would in future be granted the same number of days’ holiday as the public sector. 

Eid Al Adha, which follows Eid al Fitr, has in the past been a longer, four day holiday for the public sector and a three day holiday for the private sector. 

Depending on the moon-sighting, Eid ​Al Adha​​​​​​ is set to fall either on Saturday August 10 or on Sunday August 11.

WhichSchoolAdvisor.com will continue to update this story as new details are released.

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