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Islamic New Year 2019 holidays announced for UAE public and private sector

Moon sighting later this week will determine three-day weekend

Islamic New Year 2019 holidays announced for UAE public and private sector

UAE public and private sector employees will get a holiday for the Hijri New Year (Islamic New Year), the Federal Authority for Human Resources (FAHR) and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) has announced.

But whether that means a three-day weekend for most will depend on a moon sighting later this week.

A tweet from the MOHRE said: “The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announces the 1st of Muharram 1441, an official holiday on the occasion of #Hijri_New_Year. This will be a paid holiday for all government entities, establishments, and private companies in the #UAE.”

Muharram 1, 1441 falls on Saturday (August 31) or Sunday (September 1), leading many to anticipate a holiday on Sunday — which will likely give a long weekend to UAE residents.

Earlier this year the UAE Cabinet announced that private sector employees will benefit from the same public holidays as the government sector.