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UAE gov't workers should get 10 more days off during Ramadan, says FNC member

Official claims it will give residents more time to pray, shop for Eid, visit family and perform haj

UAE gov't workers should get 10 more days off during Ramadan, says FNC member

The last ten days of Ramadan each year should be
made public holidays so residents will have more time to pray, shop for Eid, visit
family and perform haj during the Holy Month, a Federal National Council member
has recommended this week, The National reported.

“As elected members from the public we always work
to bring up issues debated by them… One of the requests that is always being
made is to turn the last 10 days of Ramadan into a public holiday,” Mosabeh Al
Kitbi, from Sharjah, told the FNC.

Al Kitbi added that the issue has been raised with
the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Abdullah Al Gergawi, and it will be discussed
at the FNC this week.

“It is important to keep in mind that the employed
include women, the elderly and people sick with chronic diseases … so the
effects of fasting are greater on them than others. They are in a state that
does not help them in working,” Al Kitbi added.

UAE government employees had 15 public holidays
during Ramadan this month, while in other countries, such as Qatar and Saudi
Arabia public sector workers receive up to 23 days off over the religious

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Ahmed 5 years ago

As an Emirati, I think this is repulsive. Why isn't the FNC helping young kids get better education, or Emirati highschoolers get proper work experience, or help young women entrepreneurs get more exposure and funding from banks? or why can't the FNC focus on recommending further investment in healthcare? Or target unemployment and create job opportunities.

Why is the FNC concerned about vacations? less work? conflict?

Are FNC members, who raise such unproductive recommendations, influenced by neighbors that aren't productive?

I am totally against this ineffective suggestion.

Susu 5 years ago

I 100% agree... we as Muslims should not be working the last 10 days of Ramadan... It should all be for worship... if I will not be announced as public holiday, I will take it as annual leave.

Ulevpri 5 years ago

So I do have to understand that Muslims only working within the Government if I read this FNC request? What about the Muslims and Locals in the private sector, doesn't this applies to them as well? I guess all this FNC Members are only working in the Government and their action isn't towards Muslims but towards themselves.

Shanti 5 years ago

In other countries as pointed, even the private sector gets a minimum of one week holiday for Eid. Only in UAE only 2 days for private and 4~5 days for public sector. Why this partiality? Declare for all sectors......is it not the right of people in general to have fun and entertainment during festival time? Why private sector should not celebrate or enjoy anything but only work and work all the time?
It should be equal to everyone.....irrespective of which sector one works.

NMM 5 years ago

Please check before you publish. No Muslim scholar will say time is needed for Haj in Ramadan. There will never be Haj in Ramadan as Haj comes after more than 2 months of Ramadan. Please respect your readers and use writers who know the subject matter.

Saeed Murshid 5 years ago

Sir, I totally support this holiday plan from our FNC. Its basic rights of employees to get time to spend for the worship and festivities.

Regarding NMM comment:
Please note that this may be a typing mistake. Many muslims opt to preform pilgrimage to mecca/Madina during the last ten days. Its a typical tradition.

On the whole, this holiday if implemented is very progressive move.

Pachhu 5 years ago

While i was working for Damas jewellry in Dubai, in thier retail shop, we were denyed holiday for our festivals, whence we were supposed to be with our family members on the occassion. We were actually made to work for extended hours during the festivals.............. this is the reality!

guy fawkes 5 years ago

Have to agree with Ahmed.
The focus is not on extra holidays, but to ensure that public and private sectors get same number of holidays
This will encourage UAE nationals to enter private service.

I work in the health sector and all i see is UAE nationals returning home, and wanting to become managers or administrators with no formal training. They were encouraged by the country to become physicians to serve their people but most have given up medicine and become pen pushers.

Philip 5 years ago

I totally agree with Ahmed. Education, real work experience in truly competitive atmospheres. Basically stop molly coddling and give people the tools to exist in the real world not the protectionist states that the Gulf countries are creating. So many policies and laws are made to benefit UAE nationals but they are very short sighted. They are resulting in a society that does not know the value of hard work or achievement and would not be able to compete outside the protection that is afforded them in the Gulf. The previous generations would be ashamed to see how lazy and self entitled their descendants have become. Materialistic to the extreme and having mutated values of self worth where unqualified people are being paid far more than their actual input into the organisation that they work in. I hear people complaining they are tired after what amounts to a few hours of non taxing work. FNC needs to get real and deal with real issues that will guarantee the future.

iKnow 5 years ago

Why not? It's a Muslim country, after all. If all those christmas trees are put up every December and varsity students are forced to cut their autumn/winter term in the most inconvenient way (a gap of two weeks just before the last two weeks) and the school calender is such a big mess, then surely Muslims should be given enough break to worship and then celebrate. Or not?