A five-day weekend? Don’t mind if we do…

If it’s starting to feel like Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr were a really long time ago, we’ve got good news for you. Eid Al Adha is just around the corner, and it could involve a five-day weekend for private sector workers.

It’s been a rather disappointing year so far in terms of days off, with most public holidays falling on weekends. But things are definitely looking up for the second half of the year, starting from next month.

Arafat Day is expected to fall on Tuesday, August 21, followed by Eid Al Adha on Wednesday, August 22. Eid Al Adha usually lasts up to three days, so it’s looking like we’ll get Tuesday through to Friday off (plus Saturday, if you have a normal Friday-Saturday weekend).

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This means if you get in early (like, right now), you could book the preceding Sunday and Monday off and potentially enjoy a whopping nine days off in a row, using just two precious days of annual leave.

Of course, Islamic holidays are based on the phases of the moon, so exact dates may vary – we’ll let you know closer to the time when the official holiday is announced.

Here are the rest of the holidays coming up this year…


Hijri, or Islamic New Year, is set to be observed on Wednesday, September 12, giving us a mid-week day off.

Milad Un Nabi

Milad Un Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), will likely be observed on Wednesday, November 21.

Commemoration Day & National Day

Commemoration Day falls on Friday, November 30, while National Day falls on Sunday, December 2. The holidays may be combined, so it’s likely we’ll just get the Sunday off. But this still means a three-day weekend!

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