It’s not the four-day weekend that was predicted.
Private sectors workers in the UAE will get a three-day weekend next week, it has been confirmed.
Employees will have Thursday August 31 out of the office to celebrate Eid Al Adha, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation revealed today.
It’ll be back to work as normal on Sunday September 3 – however public sectors workers have one more day off, not returning to the office until Monday September 4.
The Saudi Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that the first day of Eid Al Adha will fall on Friday September 1, with UAE authorities also confirming the same.
This means that Arafat Day, the second day of the annual pilgrimage of Hajj and a public holiday, will fall on Thursday August 31.
Public sector workers in Saudi Arabia have also had their leave confirmed, with employees out of the office between Thursday August 24 and Sunday September 10.
After sighting the crescent moon on Tuesday night, the Saudi Supreme Court also stated Wednesday would be the first day of the Islamic month of Dhu Al Hijjah, according to state news agency WAM.
The Eid Al Adha holiday marks Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail, and is marked with three days off.
What other public holidays do we have left this year?
Thursday September 21 (dependent on moon sighting) – Al Hijri, Islamic New Year
Islamic New Year in 2017 will mark the year 1438, and could result in a long weekend if it falls on a Thursday.
Thursday November 30 – Commemoration Day
A holiday to honour the Emiratis who died while protecting the UAE.
Thursday November 30 (dependent on moon sighting) – Milad Un Nabi
This day marks the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and is announced by the moon-sighting committee, so may be subject to change. If it does fall on the same date as Commemoration Day, we might just get the one day off or we might get two – it’s really at the government’s discretion.
Saturday December 2 – UAE National Day
This day will mark the 46th UAE National Day, celebrating the unification of the seven emirates and the founding of the country in 1971 – but if you normally have Saturdays off, it’s unlikely you’ll get a long weekend.