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UAE announces holiday for National Day, New Year

Employees to receive paid holiday on Thursday 1 Dec to mark the new Hijri year

UAE announces holiday for National Day, New Year
Sharia, Sharia compliance, sukuk, Islamic finance

The UAE on Thursday announced details of the 40th National Day and Islamic New Year holidays for employees in the public sector.

Ministries, public institutions and government departments will close on Thursday, Dec 1 until Sunday, Dec 4, a circular issued by the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources said.

The holiday to mark the new Hijri year will be moved to the Thursday, as it coincides with the National Day holiday from Dec 2 to 3, the authority was quoted as saying by state news agency WAM.  

No details of holiday dates for employees in the private sector were given.

Staff last year received paid holiday to mark National Day and the Islamic New Year, which fell on a Thursday and Saturday respectively.

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kingkaiser 8 years ago

A little disappointing. This year, we in the private sector will receive 7 paid holidays, whereas our colleagues in the US/UK get 9. The govt really needs to start giving equivalent days (unlike this time where we got 1 day off instead of 2) in lieu of holidays that fall on Saturday/Sunday, as they do in the West.

Bre 8 years ago

I agree completely, our holidays here seem to be decreasing compared to the rest of the world. Hope more consideration is given to the private sector as well. Why does the public sector always benefit from the holidays.

Rainigade 8 years ago

Well, this is something that companies have full control over. They use the government as an excuse to not give their employees days off.

In my company, we give our employees 10 public days off a year because every year its the same 10 days that crop up and just the actual days they fall on that change. This means, even when a holiday falls on a weekend, they can take it either on a Sunday or a Thursday.

Trust me, its all up to your company. They can give you the days, if they want to. The sad fact is, they dont want to.