Private sector employees in the UAE can well look forward to a total of four days off next week as the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has just announced that the first two days of Shawwal 1438 (Islamic calendar) will be official paid holidays for all workers in the private sector, on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr this year.
The announcement was made by Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, based on the provisions of Article 74 of the Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 concerning the regulation of labour relations, as amended, which determines holidays for the private sector, such as Eid Al Fitr.
Declaration of Eid Al Fitr is linked to the sighting of the moon.
- If the moon is sighted on Saturday, June 24, then the first day of Eid will be on Sunday, June 25
- If the moon is sighted on Sunday, June 25, then the first day of Eid will be on Monday, June 26
If the first day of Eid begins on Sunday, June 25, then private sector employees will be off for a total four days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday (June 23-26).
If the first day of Eid begins on Monday, June 26, then private sector employees will be off for four broken days: Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday (June 23-24 and 26-27).
Ghobash congratulated President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and their Highnesses Rulers of the Emirates on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr.
He also congratulated citizens of the UAE and residents on the occasion, wishing them further progress and prosperity, and the Arab and Islamic nations pride and glory.
With the public sector in the UAE set to enjoy a longer holiday period for Eid Al Fitr as compared to the private sector, the travel and entertainment industry in the UAE is in overdrive mode as residents are busy this week, making reservations and plans to enjoy the upcoming festival with family and friends.