UAE gov't announces Eid holiday dates

Public sector workers to get three days of holiday; private sectors workers will get two

The Eid Al Fitr holiday for the public sector will begin on Friday August 17, based on Saturday being the first day of Shawwal, state news agency WAM said.

The public sector will resume work on Tuesday, the fourth day of Shawwal, according to a circular issued by the Humaid Mohammad Al Qatami, Minister of Education and chairman of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.

Private sector employees will be given Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19 off, providing Saturday is the first day of Shawwal. If Eid falls on Sunday the holiday moves forward a day, Minister of Labour Saqr Ghobash said.

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Dear all,

Very Nice to know that.. Good news about Eid Holidays.

Wishing you all, Friends and Family Members a very Happy Eid..

Regards and God Bless U.A.E. and all the Rulers of U.A.E. always.

Our Good wishes to all on this Eid Holidays.

Posted by: bemused

It is called economics. Under the law official holidays are paid for by the employer in either funds or compensation to the employee if the employee is required to work. Whether this is actually enforced is a different subject, but it is mandated under the law. The private sector has no vote and legally has no recourse despite loss of productivity or status or effect on balance sheets. In effect, private business is directed to suck up the costs regardless of the effect on the business. The government does try to find a balance in that public holidays are declared, but that the mandatory loss to private business is mininized. Nothing stops any private businesses from giving as much paid / compensated holiday as they wish. For the public sector it is a decision by the government on how much of its own productivity and its own funds it can afford to absorb. There is no basis for comparison. A case of apples and oranges.

Posted by: Marlow

This is a great opportunity for us all to just enjoy a four-day weekend; why not just roll with it?

Posted by: wat

How is that fair. The 'Public' Sector services are needed just as much if not more than private sector. if anything, it should be the other way around where private gets more days off.
I fail to comprehend the reasoning behind this constant decision on each holiday.

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