UAE announces Eid holiday for private workers

Workers will get two paid days off although dates still unclear until moon sighting
By Andy Sambidge
Wed 31 Jul 2013 05:01 PM

The Eid Al Fitr paid holiday for private sector employees in the UAE will likely be August 8-9, if Ramadan is 29 days this year, it was announced on Wednesday.

The Minister of Labour, Saqr Ghobash, announced in a statement published by news agency WAM that Shawwal 1 and 2 will be the paid holiday.

However, it is still unclear whether Ramadan will run for 30 days or 29 days as it relies on the moon sighting, which will taken place on August 7.

If Ramadan runs for 30 days, then the holiday will be Friday and Saturday (August 9-10).

On Tuesday, it was announced that government ministries and entities in the UAE will be on holiday from Wednesday August 7.

Federal workers will resume work on Monday August 12, if the start of the new lunar month of Shawal is not confirmed by Ramadan 29 and subsequently Ramadan completes 30 days.

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