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UAE announces Eid and National Day holidays

Labour Ministry announces private sector holidays for Eid Al-Adha, National Day.

UAE announces Eid and National Day holidays
EID DATES: Eid Al-Adha holiday dates were set after the siting of the moon. (Getty Images)

The UAE’s Eid Al-Adha holiday for the private sector will be from November 26 to 28, while the UAE National Day holiday will fall on December 2, the Labour Ministry has announced.Minister of Labour Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash issued two ministerial circulars announcing the two holidays, the official news agency WAM reported.

According to the first circular the private sector will have a three day paid holiday for Eid Al Adha beginning November 26 until November 28. As two of these dates fall on a weekend some private companies are choosing to give their staff the Sunday and Monday off in lieu.

The second circular announced a one day paid holiday on December 2 for the 38th UAE National Day.

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Ahmed Zubair 10 years ago

I work in the Private sector and have Friday and Saturday off normally. So that means I will get only 1 additional day for Eid???? Compare this to the public sector who will enjoy off days till 5th December. I don't expect the Govt. to give the same number of holidays to Private Sector and Public Sector. But they should have AT LEAST give Sunday off too.

Doug 10 years ago

If you don't like it, complain to your private employer then.

foud 10 years ago

A hell of difference, it is really a different world with private sector. are they different humans toooo.................

buckeye 10 years ago

Ahmed, if you work in the private sector, then it is completely up to the company you work for as to how many days off you will get. If they are decent, fair and care about their employees then they'll give you the days off. If that is not feasible due to the type of business, then they should give you 2 comp days to use in the future when you want. Anything less than this means find another employer that cares for its employees.

jaan 10 years ago

3 days holiday for private sector?? let me count, from 26 (i.e. Thursday), 27 (i.e. FRIDAY - A REGULAR OFF-DAY) and then 28, (Saturday)...if i counted right, it's just TWO (2) Days holiday for some private companies...anyway, thanks for the holiday..

Ali Barakat Khan 10 years ago

This is a rare opportunity for the authorities to give an extended holiday so people will boost the economy by going to hotels restaurants malls etc.

Naim Ishaq 10 years ago

Eid and National Day are two great occassions and very close to each other. It would be a great act for the UAE authorities to extend the holidays in honor of these two important twin holidays.

Sandjockey 10 years ago

... TAKE LEAVE. It amazes me that so many people want something for nothing. Don't you realize that business have to make money and by taking a week off (which is what you are asking) you are costing them money in either lost sales or increased costs (somebody has to pay for the holiday pay). A poster mentioned that this would help the economy. Unfortunately, this only works when the holidays are elsewhere and you bring in OUTSIDE income not INSIDE (residential) income. Of course, since you are in country you can always go out and help the economy, even if it isn't a holiday. Of course, I also have to wonder why anybody thinks they deserve a whole week off. It doesn't happen anywhere else in the world so what makes you think it should happen here. Be glad for what you get and stop being greedy! SJ

Sally 10 years ago

Is it any wonder that Emiratis are reluctant to work in the private sector? One day extra and no request for early payment of salaries.

Rouzbeh 10 years ago

For all the weepers out there, have a lollipop it will cheer you up, since you all are acting like a kid, praying for holidays,