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UAE sets up moon-sighting committee for Eid decision

Minister of Justice will chair committee responsible for confirming the first day of Eid Al Fitr

UAE sets up moon-sighting committee for Eid decision

Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, the UAE's Minister of Justice, on Wednesday issued a decision to set up the moon-sighting committee which will confirm the date for the start of Eid Al Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The committee will hold a meeting after Maghreb prayer on Sunday at the Judiciary Department in Abu Dhabi.

The committee, chaired by the Minister of Justice, includes Mohammed bin Hamad Al Badi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, along with a number of other officials, news agency WAM reported.

The decision called on all the Sharia courts across the country to look out for the crescent moon and inform the committee.

On Sunday it was announced that private sector workers in the UAE will be given two days off for Eid Al Fitr.

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 from Sunday July 27 and would resume work on August 3.

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Mohammad 6 years ago

Public sector employees are more devoted muslims as compared to private sector that's why they have given 9 holidays :(