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UAE announces Eid al-Adha holidays for workers

Ministry of Labour reveals dates for paid leave for both public and private sector staff in UAE

UAE announces Eid al-Adha holidays for workers
The annual celebration of Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of the 12th and final Islamic month

The UAE on Monday announced details of the Eid al-Adha holidays for employees in both the public and private sectors.

Private sector employees will get a break from Saturday until Monday, according to a circular issued by the UAE Ministry of Labour.

The circular issued by Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Labour, said workers in the UAE's private sector will get paid leave from November 5-7, state news agency WAM reported.

Ministries and federal institutions across the UAE will observe Eid-al-Adha holidays from Saturday until Tuesday, giving public sector workers an extra day off.

Humaid Mohammed Al Qatami, the UAE's Minister of Education issued a circular giving details of public sector paid leave in his capacity as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.

The annual celebration of Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of the 12th and final Islamic month – Dhu al-Hijjah. During the ‘festival of sacrifice’, Muslims honour the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) to sacrifice everything for his religion, including his own son Ismael.

Billy 8 years ago

A missed opportunity for the UAE Government to better align the public and private sectors. How are they going to encourage the Emirati workforce into the private sector if they insist on providing better working conditions in the government? It is easy and cost free to give the same 3 day break to all sectors and would be a move in the right direction to help Emiratisation.

Kaz 8 years ago

I don't understand - most private sectors don't work Saturdays anyway. Eid is on the 6th, 7th and 8th so why have we got to loose out on a day yet again??

Jake 8 years ago

I can't follow your logic. If christmas or New Year falls on a Sunday, you wont get an additional day off either. Tough luck!

Tarek 8 years ago

Here in Qatar the government will be back on Monday...of the week after eid !!! they will have an additional 3 days off and not just one like in the UAE

Oily 8 years ago

Assuming you are not referring to UAE, as Christmas is obviously not a local holiday.
Your comment is incorrect as far as the UK is concerned.
Christmas/Boxing Day fall on a Sunday/Monday. The official holiday is Monday/Tuesday
New Years Day 2012 is also on a Sunday. The official holiday is 2 January.

See extract below from

England and Wales
Christmas Day 26 December*
Boxing Day 27 December*
New Year's Day 2 January*
* substitute day