As we move into the final week of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the UAE has confirmed the holiday dates for Eid Al Fitr for both the public and private sectors.

Public sector holidays

Yesterday, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources announced the holiday dates for public sector employees in a Twitter post, which has since been deleted.

It was initially confirmed that the dates for the public sector holidays would be from Ramadan 29 and end on Shawwal 3 which would have been approximately a four or five-day break, but now the UAE Government Media Office has confirmed the public sector will get an eight-day break.

This means, following this latest announcement, federal government employees will be off from April 30 to May 8, returning to work on May 9.

Private sector employees

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation confirmed the dates for private sector employees in the UAE would be Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3.


Each year, the Holy Month of Ramadan lasts for 29 or 30 days, depending upon when the new crescent moon appears. In short, the public holiday will start on Saturday, April 30 and last until either Tuesday, May 3 or Wednesday, May 4, depending on the moon sighting.

What is Eid Al Fitr?

In the Islamic Calendar, Eid Al Fitr marks the official end of Ramadan and is the first day of Shawwal.

During the Holy Month Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset for around 30 days, depending on the sighting of the moon.

Eid Al Fitr marks the end of fasting, and literally translates in English to the “feast of breaking the fast”.

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