By Parag Deulgaonkar
Eid holidays will start from June 24, says Federal Authority for Government Human Resources
The UAE Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) on Wednesday said Eid holiday will start from June 24 (Saturday).
Government employees will resume work on June 28 (Wednesday) if Eid falls on June 25 (Sunday). In the event, Eid falls on June 26 (Monday), government departments will re-open on July 2 (Sunday).
A list published by the Abu Dhabi government in January put at least 14 days of holidays for residents this year.
It predicted three-day “Eid Al Fitr” (end of Ramadan) holiday to commence on June 25 (Sunday) and another three-day break for “Eid Al Adha” to start from September 1 (Friday).
Abudhabi.ae, the e-government portal, said the dates are indicative dates only and should not be considered as an official announcement, as public holidays are announced by official authorities, once confirmed.
The official reference to determine Islamic occasions, such as the beginning of Ramadan or Haj, is the Hijri Calendar which is based on the phases of the moon.
“Hence, the exact dates of Islamic events vary from one Gregorian year to another as they depend on the local sightings of the moon,” it added.