By Andy Sambidge
Workers will get two paid days off although dates still unclear until moon sighting
The Eid Al Fitr paid holiday for private sector employees in the UAE will likely be August 8-9, if Ramadan is 29 days this year, it was announced on Wednesday.
The Minister of Labour, Saqr Ghobash, announced in a statement published by news agency WAM that Shawwal 1 and 2 will be the paid holiday.
However, it is still unclear whether Ramadan will run for 30 days or 29 days as it relies on the moon sighting, which will taken place on August 7.
If Ramadan runs for 30 days, then the holiday will be Friday and Saturday (August 9-10).
On Tuesday, it was announced that government ministries and entities in the UAE will be on holiday from Wednesday August 7.
Federal workers will resume work on Monday August 12, if the start of the new lunar month of Shawal is not confirmed by Ramadan 29 and subsequently Ramadan completes 30 days.
Federal and private workers should have the same number of holidays. There's only one Ramadan after all!
This is not fair with private sector, at least they should provide holiday on sunday if Eid falls on Friday.
How is a "paid holiday" a weekend which generally people have off anyway?
I cannot see how the private sector holidays must await the siting of the moon but the Government holidays do not need this to happen - they have already been announced.
Why oh why does this Government still insist on different holidays for the government and private sectors.
This is just another nail in the coffin of Emiratisation in the private sector so next time they are bleating to private companies about not hiring locals - here is the answer.....they don't want to work in the private sector because the conditions are so much easier in the Government.
If the private sector is to get 2 days paid holiday - days should be carried over if they land on the weekend - just like nearly everywhere else in the world - it's ridiculous that in this day and age we're relying on a man looking at the moon to tell us if we can have a holiday or not?!!!!