|14 May, 2019

Five-day holiday for Eid Al Fitr in UAE?

The total number of official holidays this year is 14

Ornamental Arabic lantern with burning candle glowing. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Ornamental Arabic lantern with burning candle glowing. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources had issued an official list of holidays for UAE's public and private sectors on earlier this year following the government's decision to unify holidays for public and private sectors in order to achieve harmony between both sectors.

According to the new list, residents might enjoy up to five days off for Eid Al Fitr, since the list specifies the holidays from Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3, which means that if Ramadan has 30 days, the number of holidays would be five. According to the IACAD calendar, Ramadan 30 is likely to fall on June 4 (subject to moon sighting).

Even as public and private sector employees in the UAE will enjoy more official days off for Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha, they will NOT get a paid holiday for Israa Wal Miraj (Rajab 27) and the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) (Rabi Al Awwal 12).

The total number of official holidays this year is 14.

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