It’s not what you’d call good news…
Earlier in the week, it was announced that public sector workers in the UAE would get at least Thursday, June 14 off for the Eid Al Fitr long weekend.
Now, the government has announced the holiday dates for the private sector. In short, it’s not the news we were hoping for.
The Eid Al Fitr holiday for private sector workers will fall on the first and second days of Shawwal, 1439 Hijri, from Friday, June 15 until Saturday, June 16.
وهنأ معاليه حكومة وشعب الإمارات والمقيمين على أرضها بهذه المناسبة سائلاً الله أن يعيدها على دولتنا بمزيد من التقدم والازدهار وعلى الأمتين العربية والإسلامية بالعزة والمجد.#عيد_مبارك #الامارات pic.twitter.com/yAfobEivS6
— MOHRE_UAE (@MOHRE_UAE) June 12, 2018
For those of us who work a standard Sunday to Thursday week, that means no additional time out of the office. If you’ve already booked an Eid getaway, you’ll be working with some annual leave.
Earlier today, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority that all schools will also be closed from this Thursday, until Sunday, with the possibility of the holiday extending to Monday also.
Eid Al Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Holy Month which sees practising Mulsims fast from sunrise to sunset each day.
It also involves shorter working hours — usually two hours for the private sector.
Should Ramadan end on June 15, that would mean a 29-day Holy Month for 2018.
In the mean time, perhaps you’d like to check out the full list of holidays still left to celebrate in the UAE for 2018?