Say hello to a long weekend…
… And goodbye to the end of Ramadan, as the Eid Al Fitr holiday has been officially confirmed.
Eid Al Fitr will begin on Sunday June 25, meaning that private sector workers will enjoy a four-day weekend before returning to the office on Tuesday June 27.
— دائرة القضاء-أبوظبي (@ADJD_Official) June 24, 2017
A moon-sighting committee from the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department confirmed the news on Saturday June 24.
Earlier predictions stated the new moon’s crescent could also be sighted on Sunday June 25, meaning that workers would have had to spend one day in the office before enjoying two paid days off.
Public sector employees will enjoy a slightly longer break, with the Eid Al Fitr holiday starting on Saturday June 24, with work resuming on Wednesday June 28.
What other holidays are coming up soon?
Remember, these dates are only estimates, subject to moon sightings.
Thursday August 31 – Arafat Day
This marks the second day of the annual pilgrimage, or Haj. If it falls on a Thursday as predicted, it should mean a day off before the weekend – followed by…
Friday September 1 – Eid Al Adha
This holiday honours Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail, and is marked with three days off, which could mean we also get Sunday out of the office.
Thursday September 21 – Al Hijri
Islamic New Year in 2017 will mark the year 1438, and could result in a three-day weekend if it falls on a Thursday.