UAE reveals Eid Al Fitr holiday schedule for private sector

The UAE government has formally announced the national holiday schedule for workers in the private sector in honor of Eid al-Fitr.

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Commencing on Monday, April 8, the celebration will last until the Islamic calendar's third day of Shawwal, which is the same date as in the Gregorian calendar. Either 29 or 30 days of Ramadan are observed, depending on when the moon is visible. Eid al-Fitr is observed on the first day of Shawwal.

Holiday arrangements differ depending on Ramadan's duration. If Ramadan spans 30 days, the Eid holiday extends from Monday, April 8 (Ramadan 29) to Friday, April 12 (Shawwal 3). This grants employees nine uninterrupted days off, encompassing both weekends before and after the vacation period, from Saturday, April 6 to Sunday, April 14.

If Ramadan finishes in 29 days, citizens will enjoy a shorter respite of six days, which involves weekends. Eid festivities start on Monday, the 8th of April (Ramadan 29), and end on Thursday, the 11th of April. With the weekend before the holiday, the total duration is six full days, from Saturday, the sixth of April, to Thursday, the 11th of April.

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and spiritual reflection observed by Muslims worldwide.

Earlier announcements from the UAE Cabinet revealed a nine-day holiday for federal government employees to observe Eid al-Fitr. However, public sector workers in Sharjah are in for an extended break, enjoying a ten-day respite with three-day weekends. As the religious holiday approaches, preparations are already underway among residents. From selecting elegant attire to preparing traditional delicacies in advance, the festive spirit is palpable across the country.

The UAE government has outlined the holiday schedule for private sector employees to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, providing an opportunity for individuals to spend time with loved ones and engage in religious and cultural festivities.

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