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Eid Al Adha private sector holidays could span five days

Public sector could be given break from September 9 to 13, says report

Eid Al Adha private sector holidays could span five days

Private sector holidays for Eid Al Adha are expected to span five days from September 9 to 13.

Public sector holidays could extend over six days from September 9 to 14, according to a report.

The Islamic Hijri calendar is based on moon-sightings, with Islamic months spanning 29 or 30 days. Eid Al Adha holidays usually begin a day before Eid, on the day of Arafat.

If the month of Dhul Qadah ends after 30 days, the private sector would have a five-day break, including the weekend, reported Emirates 24/7, as Arafat would be marked on September 11. The public sector may then receiving an extra day.

If the current Islamic month of Zulqada spans 29 days, the private sector holiday could take place from September 9 to 12, with the public sector holiday taking place from September 9 to 13.

Moon-sighting committees from the UAE and Saudi Arabia will meet on September 1 to announce Haj and Eid dates.

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