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UAE private sector to get 2 days off for Martyrs' Day, National Day

Private sector employees will get a holiday on December 2-3, says UAE Minister of Labour

UAE private sector to get 2 days off for Martyrs' Day, National Day
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Private sector workers in the UAE will be given a two-day holiday to mark Martyrs’ Day and National Day next month, it has been announced.

Saqr Ghobash, the UAE's Minister of Labour, said in comments published by news agency WAM on Monday that all employees working in the private sector will get a holiday on Wednesday December 2 and Thursday December 3.

Last week it was reported that all public sector employees, ministry and federal government entities and organisations will be closed from Tuesday December 1 until Saturday December 5.

In August, UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced November 30 will be observed as Martyr's Day in memory of those who have died while serving their country.

UAE rules state that if a public holiday falls between two weekdays it can be moved to the beginning or end of that week.

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources has confirmed that Martyr's Day will be moved this year and will be combined with celebrations for UAE National Day on Wednesday December 2.