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UAE private sector to get two-day Eid Al Fitr holiday

Ministry of Labour announces holiday entitlement while UAE public sector will be given total of nine days off

UAE private sector to get two-day Eid Al Fitr holiday
Muslims around the world will celebrate this week Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, and it is a popular time to shop. (AFP/Getty Images)

Private sector workers in the UAE will be given two days off for Eid Al Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The UAE Ministry of Labour said in a statement carried by official news agency WAM that the Eid Al Fitr holiday for all private sector employees will begin on the first and second days of Shawwal, with work resuming on the third day of Shawwal.

If astronomers across the Gulf who have predicted that Eid Al Fitr will fall on Monday July 28 are correct, workers will be given Monday and Tuesday off.

The holiday for the private sector is much less than the public sector which has been given a total of nine days off for Eid Al Fitr.

Earlier on Sunday, it was announced that UAE public sector workers would be on holiday from Sunday July 27 and would resume work on August 3.

Last week, it was confirmed Kuwaiti public sector workers have been given a nine-day holiday for Eid Al Fitr.

Other Gulf states are yet to announce their Eid Al Fitr holiday dates.

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John McKay 6 years ago

I cannot for the life of me understand why this discrepancy between the public and private sector still remains....how exactly are you meant to get more public sector workers into the private sector when there is such an imbalance - come on Dubai authorities, sort this one out as been going on to long

Ali 6 years ago

How wrong is this? The private sector is the backbone of the UAE's economy, and to reward the sector the government gives... two days, as opposed to nine days for the government sector.

DJDxb 6 years ago

The Discrepancy Saga continues and always will. Such a shame that the Private sector is always discriminated against.

Bemused 6 years ago

To those who moan at every holiday,

The difference in public and private holidays is basic economics. It is what the government is voluntarily willing to "spend" The discrepancy is because the government is absorbing the cost for the extended holidays for the public sector workers. The costs for the two days dictated for the private sector are involuntarily absorbed by the various private businesses . The days dictated by the government for private sector holidays is the minimum by law. There is nothing stopping private business from aligning with or even exceeding public sector holidays. Take it up with your business owners and senior mangers. They are the ones who have or influence what your individual businesses do.

GoodToGo 6 years ago

I guess the carry home message is that private sector workers should be happy they are getting at least 2 days holidays instead of one day or Friday off.

Prakash 6 years ago

We have no right to complain about holidays. If our own countries are so much better why dont we return? Because life here is good and we get much higher salaries than back home
So let us stop cribbing and appreciate whatever holidays we get. In many countries, there is no holiday for Eid, yet here we get 2 days, so learn to be thankful

Shanti 6 years ago

So it happened again.......as usual as expected. At least give 4 days + weekly holidays......PLEASE REVISE / REVERSE.

Kelly 6 years ago

Its 5 days and 2 weekends not 9 days and 2 weekends. Private sector SME's can't afford to match the Government and pay 5 non productive working days. The difference is 3 days, not so bad all round.

Mosa 6 years ago

Emiratisation will never be accomplished with such a ridiculous gap. This needs to be settled amicably between the government and private sector industry officials. It is totally unfair in every aspect. Please also consider the fact that private sector works for longer hours too.
@Bemused: If you are not in favor, then you are a minority

Anna 6 years ago

This is so right. It is up to the company owners to decide how many days off they will give.

In my previous private sector company in Dubai non-Muslims had to work normal 8 hours during Ramadan, Muslims worked 6 hours and the whole company got a full week off during Eid Al Fitr. This made everyone happy.

Obvious many owners of private companies cannot afford to give staff so many days off and continue paying their salaries