Private sector workers will get two sweet days off…

The first and second days of Eid Al-Fitr will be paid holidays for private sector workers, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has announced.

If Eid falls on Sunday, June 25, employees will return to work on Tuesday, June 27 (making it a four-day weekend).

If Eid falls on Monday, June 26, workers will enjoy Monday and Tuesday out of the office.

For the public sector, if Eid falls on the Sunday, the holiday will begin on Saturday, June 24, with work resuming on Wednesday, June 28.

If Eid falls on Monday, public sector workers will return to the office on Sunday, July 2.

 

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While the dates won’t be officially confirmed until the new moon’s crescent is sighted, most scholars believe the month of Shawwal, which signifies the breaking of the fast, will begin on June 25.

In the meantime, you might like to start planning your long weekend – how about a last-minute staycation, or shop til you drop at the massive 24-hour sale at Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi?

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Remember, these dates are only estimates, subject to moon sightings.

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